Thursday, July 20, 2006

Yersinia enterocolitica

Hey there, my, name is Y. enterocolitica.
I'm Gram negative, an Enterobacteriacea bacteria.
I'm part of the tribe Yersiniae.

I'm not as well known as my cousin Y. pestis, but I'm still important.
I get to you in food and I love pork.
I can cause abdominal pain and diarrhoea.
Kids are my favourite.

But look out! when I infect your lymph nodes and your ileum, I can look just like appendicitis.

Yersinia Pestis

I'm Y. Pestis.
I'm a Gram negative Enterobacteriaceae bacteria.
I'm from the Yersiniae tribe.

I am the cause of the Black death and the bubonic plague.
I spread all through out Europe in the 14th century and devastated the population.
Some people say I took out a third of Europe!!!

I get spread by fleas that are carried on rats, there were lots of them.
I'm still endemic in a lot of the world, especially in Africa.