Yersinia Pseudotuberculosis Infection in the United States

Septicema, Appendicitis, and Mesenteric Lymphadenitis

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  • Zoonoses Section, Ecological Investigations Program, Center for Disease Control, P.O. Box 551, Fort Collins, Colorado 80521

Septicemia caused by Yersinia pseudotuberculosis is uncommon. Two cases, one fatal, are reported in adult men. Mesenteric adenitis caused by Y. pseudotuberculosis has been recognized with increasing frequency in recent years in several countries. Two cases in children are described, one of whom also had acute appendicitis. Two cases in adults and one in a child were reported recently in the United States.

Author Notes

National Animal Disease Laboratory, P.O. Box 70, Ames, Iowa 50010.

Laboratory, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center, Plattsburgh, New York 14901.

Department of Microbiology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 84113.

Laboratory Service, Veterans Administration Hospital, 3801 Junipero Serra Blvd., Palo Alto, California 94304.

Laboratories, Children's Orthopedic Hospital and Medical Center, 4800 Sand Point Way, N.E., Seattle, Washington 98105.