Shiga toxin‑producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infection

Find out how we define and monitor cases of STEC, and where you can learn more about this disease.

About STEC

Escherichia coli are a group of bacteria that are found in the gut of nearly all people and animals. There are many different strains of E. coli. Some cause no illness at all. Others cause minor illness, and yet others cause serious illness. The Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infection is referred to as STEC.

Disease type:
Vaccination available under NIP:
Notifiable disease:

Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

For information about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's STEC page.

Surveillance and reporting

STEC is a nationally notifiable disease.

We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS).

For more on STEC in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence.

Related programs

OzFoodNet is a network of epidemiologists that monitors and responds to foodborne diseases in Australia, including STEC. 

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