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E. coli

Health written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of E. coli 0157 infection were reported in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, (d) 2009, (e) 2010 and (f) 2011.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) carries out national microbiological and epidemiological surveillance of E. coli 0157. The HPA receives reports of laboratory human infections from microbiology laboratories throughout England and Wales and these data are collated and reported regularly in the HPA's Health Protection Report:

www.hpa.org.uk

The number of cases reported in England and Wales in the last five years are provided as annual and regional totals in Tables 1 and 2. Outbreak data are provided in Table 3. Data for 2011 will not be available until early 2012.

Table 1. E coli 0 157 annual totals for England and Wales, 2006-10
Number of E. coli 0 157 cases
2006 1,001
2007 828
2008 950
2009 1,034
2010 793
Total 4,606
Table 2: Regional totals of E. coli 0 157 in England and Wales, by year for 2006-10
Region 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
East midlands 56 33 49 51 46
East of England 59 93 73 84 68
London 125 59 84 109 57
North-east 60 74 60 68 33
North-west 170 138 169 135 134
South-east 126 107 98 180 99
South-west 117 102 118 127 113
West midlands 50 45 104 78 82
Yorkshire and Humber 182 142 140 125 121
Wales 56 35 55 77 40
Total 1,001 828 950 1,034 793
Table 3: General outbreaks of infectious intestinal disease caused by E. coli 0 157 in 2006-10
    People affected
Mode of transmission Number of outbreaks Number Percentage
Foodborne(1) 20 273 35.9
Recreational water 3 21 2.8
Animal contact 18 170 22.4
Person to person 21 289 38.0
Other/outdoor events 2 7 0.9
       
All outbreaks (total) 64 760
(1) Food is defined as provided in Regulation (EC) No 178/2002; i.e. a food is any substance or product, whether processed, partially processed or unprocessed intended to be, or reasonably expected to be ingested by humans, including drinking water.

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