Consensus report: E. coli O104:H4 (HUSEC041) and the potential threat to European water supplies.

Martin Exner, Philippe Hartemann, Paul R Hunter, Yves Levi, Jean-Francois Loret, Werner Mathys, Daniel Villesot, Michael Wilhelm

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Abstract

Among the 3rd Seminar for PhD students working on Water and Health which was held in Cannes on 27–29 June 2011, experts from a number of universities and research institutes took the opportunity to discuss the emergence of Escherichia coli O104:H4 in Europe. Especially, possible threats for European water suppliers were considered. The consensus is summarized in this report. The main conclusion was that E. coli O104:H4 would not pose a substantial risk to well managed water supplies, especially where regular monitoring of indicator E. coli is negative. However, this may not apply for small and very small water systems which are quite common in Europe. New strategies like the Water Safety Plan approach are needed to protect also small scale drinking water systems and private wells in Europe. Water used in the processing of foods likely to be eaten raw, especially sprouts, should be of drinking water quality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)500-1
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
Volume214
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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