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Shiga toxin-producing Eschericia coli infection (STEC)

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Escherichia coli (E. coli) are bacteria (germs) which are present in large numbers in the intestines of humans and animals. Most of these bacteria are not harmful. However, some types, such as Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), produce toxins which can cause illness in humans and may lead to serious complications in the bowel and kidney.

Public health management guidelines


Pathology laboratories

Attending medical practitioners/medical superintendents (or delegates)

To notify two or more associated cases of gastroenteritis, or where gastroenteritis is diagnosed in a food handler.

Notification resources

Enhanced surveillance for public health units

  • Case report form (PDF, 194kB) - used by public health units to collect detailed information for case investigations.

Resources for health professionals

Last updated: 5 June 2023

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