Prevention of secondary household transmission during Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli outbreaks

K. Tokuda, Y. Yahata, T. Sunagawa

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Prevention of secondary household transmission of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) is important in outbreak settings. We examined factors contributing to secondary household transmission during STEC outbreaks in daycare centres in Japan. Suspected STEC outbreaks in daycare centres were identified by the National Epidemiological Surveillance of Infectious Diseases. Questionnaires were sent to local health centres that responded to outbreaks. Secondary household transmission rates were calculated, and factors affecting secondary household transmission rate were analysed by multilevel analysis. The secondary household transmission rates in 16 outbreaks ranged from 0% to 34·4% (median 4·4%). The highest rate (23·0%) was observed in siblings aged 6-9 years, and the infection rate was significantly higher for mothers than for fathers and grandparents (P < 0·05). Using multilevel analysis, the following variables were selected in the best model: information provided face-to-face (vs. letter or telephone) to families of children in daycare centres (at initial response), STEC type and lag time (days) between onset and providing information. Early response and hygiene education by visiting local health centre staff may be effective measures to prevent secondary household transmission in STEC outbreaks. Hygiene education should be emphasized for children aged 6-9 years, as well as for younger children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2931-2939
Number of pages9
JournalEpidemiology and Infection
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Incidence
  • Outbreaks
  • Shiga-Like toxin-producing E. coli
  • Transmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious Diseases


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