Gastrointestinal infections: guidance, data and analysis

The characteristics, diagnosis, management and epidemiology of gastrointestinal infections.

Infectious intestinal diseases affect 1 in 5 people in the UK each year and symptoms are not confined to diarrhoea and vomiting.

Public Health England (PHE) monitors trends in infection and outbreaks, drawing on data from:

  • PHE reference laboratories
  • the national laboratory reporting scheme
  • consultants in communicable disease control (CCDCs)
  • environmental health officers (EHOs)
  • microbiologists

For trends in zoonotic infection in humans and animals, see Zoonoses in the UK.


Gastrointestinal bacteria reference unit (GBRU) is the reference laboratory for a range of gastrointestinal pathogens. Details about GBRU services and request forms are available from the detailed guide below.


  1. Amoebiasis: public health operational guidelines
  2. Preventing person-to-person gastrointestinal infections
  3. Farm visits: avoiding infection
  4. Hygiene and catering at large events: follow-up study
  5. Swim healthy
  6. Care homes: infection prevention and control
  7. Shigellosis: public health management and questionnaire
  8. Typhoid and paratyphoid: public health operational guidelines
  9. Ready-to-eat foods: microbiological safety assessment guidelines
  10. Norovirus: managing infection in cruise ships
  11. Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli: public health management



Published 1 July 2014
Last updated 6 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Shiga toxin- producing Escherichia coli (STEC): public health management and questionnaire' in 'Management' section.
  2. Added 'Shigellosis: public health management and questionnaire'.
  3. Added 'Amoebiasis: public health operational guidelines' under management section.
  4. Added new section for surveillance.
  5. First published.