Yersiniosis and plague

Michael B. Prentice

in Oxford Textbook of Zoonoses

Second edition

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ISBN: 9780198570028
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199697823 | DOI:

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Yersiniosis and plague

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Disease in humans is caused mostly by Y.enterocolitica belonging to serotypes 03, 05, 27, 08 and 09 and by Y.pseudotuberculosis (Skurnik et al 2002, Perry and Fetherston, 2006). The clinical presentations include fever, diarrhoea, abdominal pain that may mimic appendicitis, and chronic arthritis. There are typically lesions of enteritis and mesenteric lymphadenitis. Yersiniosis occurs in all European countries, with highest prevalence in northern countries and Scandinavia, as well as Canada, the United States, Australia, and Japan. Transmission is mainly from contaminated animal products such as pork and milk, and rarely from person to person spread by the faecal-oral route. Control of yersiniosis can be achieved by careful handling and cooking of meats and by pasteurization of milk and other dairy products.

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Infectious Diseases ; Epidemiology

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