Infections with shigatoxin producing E. coli (STECs, VTECs) are a threat to public health. In order to be able to formulate a policy concerning this pathogen, knowledge is required of the relation between phenotype (virulence, behaviour in the chain) and genotype (typing or sequencing data) and the transmission routes.

With this knowledge diagnostics for early warning and risk assessments can be designed, to the benefit of policy makers. The goal of the project is to generate knowledge that  is useful for risk assessment and early warning. This will be done in cooperation with RIVM. In this cooperative structure, Wageningen UR CVI will contribute by genotyping and sequencing isolates.