Shiga toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC, also known as VTEC) is a bacterial infection that can cause serious disease, including bloody diarrhoea, and sometimes haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS). Infection usually results from consuming contaminated food or water, or from contact with infected animals or people. 

Avoid eating undercooked burgers and unpasteurised milk products, and thoroughly wash salad vegetables before eating.

Further information

For further information please see the fact sheet or contact your local public health unit on 1300 066 055.

Page Updated: Wednesday 15 March 2017