Investigators still looking for source of outbreak of E. coli infections in Austria

investigators still looking for source of outbreak of e coli infections in austria

Austrian authorities are investigating an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections that has affected a handful of people.

Between September and December 2020, six people fell ill with infections from E. coli O146:H28. Those sick live in five federal states. Two people needed hospital treatment.

As yet, there is no indication as to the source of the outbreak, according to the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES). It is understood other countries in Europe have not reported related infections.

The Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection (BMSGPK) has instructed AGES to investigate the outbreak with the relevant state authorities.

Austrian food testing in 2018 found E. coli O146 in three samples of fresh game meat and one sample of fermented sausage. In 2017, four isolates were typed as E. coli O146 from two samples of raw meat from wild ruminants, fresh bovine meat and a fermented sausage.

The latest Zoonoses Report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows E…

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