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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Foodborne microbiological risks

Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC)

Updated on 28/08/2018

Keywords : Escherichia coli (E.coli), Guide to good hygiene practices (GGHP), Foodborne microbiological risks, Foodborne illness outbreak (FIO), Food hygiene

The bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli) is naturally present in the digestive microflora of humans and warm-blooded animals. Some strains of E. coli are pathogenic, including enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC).  In humans, EHEC are responsible for various disorders ranging from mild diarrhoea to more severe illnesses such as haemorrhagic diarrhoea or haemolytic-uraemic syndrome, a severe kidney disorder which occurs mainly in young children. Below is a presentation of this bacterium and of the role ANSES has played in understanding and effectivel fighting it.

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