1. What is enterohaemorrhagic E. coli?
Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) is mainly present in intestines of animals and can be found in contaminated beef and dairy products such as minced beef, hamburgers, roasted beef, raw milk and cheese. EHEC can be spread through consumption of water and food. Moreover, person-to-person transmission of this pathogen is possible through oral-faecal route. Infection may also occur via consumption of contaminated water or food such as vegetables, melons, fruit juice and yoghurt. Intestinal bleeding and serious complications such as haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) may also develop in some people.