The German Escherichia coli outbreak — could it happen here?

Martyn D Kirk
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10816
Published online: 19 September 2011

To the Editor: Recent media reports queried whether Australia could experience a serious outbreak of foodborne disease, such as the massive outbreak in May this year of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) serotype O104:H4 in Germany.1 Australia is potentially vulnerable to foodborne disease outbreaks from contaminated fresh produce, and health and food safety authorities need to plan for these events and assess our capacity to respond.

  • Martyn D Kirk

  • Medical School and National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.


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