The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has published its tenth external quality assessment (EQA-10) scheme for typing of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC).
Human STEC infection is a zoonotic disease, which in 2019 had an EU notification rate of 2.2 cases per 100,000 of the population, a similar rate to that reported in 2018. The most commonly reported STEC O group was O157, compromising 26.6% of cases with known serogroup. The EQA-10 contains serotyping, detection of virulence genes and molecular typing-based cluster analysis.
Source: ECDC, 30 November 2021