Reviewed: March 2023

Yersiniosis is a bacterial disease that generally affects the intestinal tract (bowels) caused by the bacteria Yersinia enterocolitica and Yersinia pseudotuberculosis (note: these are different from Yersinia pestis which causes the illness plague). It is a relatively uncommon disease causing an estimated 117,000 illnesses in the United States each year. Most people become infected by eating contaminated food or through contact with a person who has prepared a contaminated food product.

Go to Communicable Disease Control Main Page