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.

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