Public Health England is investigating a spike in reports of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections this month.
Potential sources of the increase in E. coli O157 cases are not yet clear but recent warm weather may have played a role.
The latest available data shows in the week ending Aug. 16, there were 27 E. coli O157 notifications. The past four weeks had seen 11, 13, 6 and 7 respectively.
Based on 2019 statistics for the week ending Aug. 18, there were 13 E. coli O157 notifications. The previous four weeks had three weeks with 12 and one with 14.
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