Yersinia Food Poisoning

Yersinia food poisoning

Food poisoning with Yersinia is caused by one species of this bacteria – Yersinia enterocolitica. There are many different species of Yersinia, including Yersinia pestis which causes plague. While Y. enterocolitica and Y. pestis are related, there is no danger that food poisoning with Yersinia can develop into the plague. …

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Shigella Food Poisoning

shigella food poisoning

Shigella is a bacteria that can cause a disease called shigellosis. (Yes, scientists and doctors are very creative when naming diseases.) Most cases of shigellosis are caused by eating contaminated food (usually vegetables) or drinking contaminated water. There are around 14,000 cases reported each year in the U.S. However, most …

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E. coli Food Poisoning

You have probably heard about E. coli. It has given meat, fruit, and veggies some pretty bad press. E. coli is actually Escherichia coli. But no one can pronounce Escherichia, so everyone just calls it E. for short. Now that we’re on first name terms with this little bacteria, let’s get a little more up …

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Cryptosporidium Food Poisoning

Cryptosporidium is a microscopic parasite that lives in the intestines of infected animals and people, and is shed in manure and feces. It is the most common cause of waterborne illness in the United States. Both the parasite and the disease caused by the parasite are often called simply “Crypto”. The most common way that people …

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Campylobacter Food Poisoning

campylobacter food poisoning

Campylobacter is the second most common cause of food poisoning in the United States, right behind Salmonella. Campylobacter food poisoning is usually caused by the bacteria Campylobacter jejuni (although there are other types of Campylobacter that can also cause food poisoning). Eating as few as 500 of these microscopic bacteria can …

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