Yersiniosis is an uncommon type of food poisoning that can cause severe illness.
The infection is caused by a type of bacteria called Yersinia. You may get the infection if:
The time between exposure to the infection and illness is usually 3 to 7 days.
Symptoms may include:
Other possible symptoms include:
Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and examine you. A sample of bowel movement will be tested in the lab.
Diarrhea caused by Yersinia often gets better without treatment. Your provider will prescribe an antibiotic if you are having more severe symptoms or if your symptoms are not getting better. Make sure that you take all of your medicine as prescribed, even after you start feeling better.
Until you have completely recovered:
How long the symptoms last varies from person to person. In most cases you will be better in a few days.
To keep from getting yersiniosis:
To prevent spreading yersiniosis when you are already infected, keep washing your hands carefully and often for several months after your illness. The bacteria may be in your bowel movements for several weeks or months.