Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) pose a serious public health concern because of its ability to cause outbreaks, hemorrhagic colitis, and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). STEC causing HUS are designated as HUSEC or EHEC. EHEC are subtypes of STEC and became broadly visible in the public due to the large outbreak in 2011 in Germany.
A multidisciplinary team of European researchers informed the participants on the latest developments in the field of STEC – EHEC – HUSEC. Central topics were modern diagnostics, clinical management, public health & environment as well as research. This symposium took place on 11 december 2014
In 2013 a multidisciplinary studygroup, called STEC-ID-net, was implemented in the Netherlands in order to study STEC and EHEC microbiology, epidemiology and the clinical impact. The results of this study was presented during this symposium.
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