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



Published 1 July 2014
Last updated 31 January 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added: 'Gastrointestinal infections: guidance for public health management'.

  2. Added 'Shiga toxin- producing Escherichia coli (STEC): public health management and questionnaire' in 'Management' section.

  3. Added 'Shigellosis: public health management and questionnaire'.

  4. Added 'Amoebiasis: public health operational guidelines' under management section.

  5. Added new section for surveillance.

  6. First published.