Yersinia Entercolitica

Aila Benter

What is yersiniosis?

Yersiniosis is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium of the genus Yersinia. It belongs to a family of rod-shaped bacteria. It causes illness similar to Yersinia Entercolitica and Yersinia Pestis.


Symptoms start developing after exposure and it'll probably last 1-3 weeks or longer. Symptoms could probably a diarrhea, skin rash, fever, abdominal pains, or joint pains.


You can get the infection by eating contaminated food, especially raw or undercooked pork products. So you exposed to mostly food.


• Avoid eating raw or undercooked pork.

• Drink only pasteurized milk or milk products.

• Always wash hands with soap and water before eating and preparing food, especially contact with animals and after handling raw meat.

• Clean kitchen supplies before you cut your food.


Uncomplicated cases of diarrhea caused by Yersinia Enterocolitica can resolve on their own without treatment. But in more severe or complicated infections, antibiotics like aminoglycosides, doxycyline trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole or fluroquinolones can help too.

Additional Information

• Children are infected with Yersinia Enterocolitica more than adults.

• The infection is more common in the winter.

• The bacteria can spread through the blood stream.