What is yersinia?

Yersinia is genus of coccoid, oval, or rod-shaped, gram-negative bacteria.
Y. enterocolitica Species found in wild and domestic animals; causes yersiniosis in humans.
Y. pestis Causative organism of plague in humans and rodents; transmitted by fleas from infected animals.
Y. pseudotuberculosis A gram-negative, aerobic, non-spore-forming bacillus that is coccobacillary when virulent and bacillary when avirulent; a ubiquitous animal pathogen, now recognized as causing mesenteric lymphadenitis in humans.

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