Welcome to the official website of the European Union Reference Laboratory (EU-RL) for Escherichia coli, including Verotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC), hosted by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità.
The EU-RL-VTEC website is primarily meant to inform the participating National Reference Laboratories (NRLs), but is also of interest to the laboratories dealing with pathogenic E. coli detection and control.
The Istituto Superiore di Sanità was designated as Reference Laboratory for VTEC by the European Commission starting from the 1st July 2006.
The general functions and duties of the Community Reference Laboratory for feed and food are described in Article 32 (1) of Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004.
They shall be responsible for the following main activities:
- Co-operation with international organisations and NRLs
Dr Alfredo Caprioli (Director)
Tel. +39 0649902727
e-mail: Alfredo Caprioli
Dr Stefano Morabito (Molecular Microbiologist)
Tel. +39 0649903081
e-mail: Stefano Morabito
Dr Gaia Scavia (Veterinary Epidemiologist)
Tel. +39 0649902563
e-mail: Gaia Scavia
Dr Rosangela Tozzoli (Molecular Biologist)
Tel. +39 0649903081
e-mail: Rosangela Tozzoli...
The CRL-VTEC was established in accordance with the following EU legislation:
- Directive 2003/99/EC of 17 November 2003 on the monitoring of zoonoses and zoonotic agents, amending Council Decision 90/424/EEC and repealing Council Directive 92/117/EEC
- Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of 29 April 2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and welfare rules
VTEC infections constitute a major public health concern, because of the severe illnesses that they can cause, such as haemorrhagic colitis and haemolytic uraemic syndrome, especially among children and the elderly. VTEC are zoonotic pathogens, ruminats being recognized as the major reservoir for human infections. The large number of outbreaks occurred all over the world underlines the importance of these pathogens and highlights the need for both mandatory disease notification and cooperation between laboratories within and beyond state...
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