What actually is Yersinia?

Yersina is a bacteria strain that causes bowel infections. You may acquire the bacteria strain from consumption of contaminate d food or food which is not fully cooked and poorly prepared. Other sources of the infection would be from pets, poultry and farm animals, namely pigs. Contaminated water or can also be another source of a yersina infection.

Yersinia Symptoms

Symptoms of a yersinia infection begin to show up within 3 to 7 days. You may experience flu like symptoms in the initial stages of the infection. If left untreated, you may go onto contract diarrhea and experience acute abdominal pain. Other preliminary symptoms would include fever, nausea and vomiting. A minor infection of yersinia may last for 2 to 3 days; but in case of a serious infection, it may last for as long as up to three weeks. Additionally, you may also experience pain in the joints, which in some cases can make you feel disabled and numb.

How does the infection spread?

You may contract yersinia on ingestion or swallowing the bacterium strain. This happens at the time of handling uncooked food ingredients namely meat or poultry products and unpasteurized milk. Raw pork is very much a cause of spreading yersinia infection.  Yersinia can also be acquired if you drink contaminated and unchlorinated water. Another source of the infection is household pets, farm and domestic animals. You may also acquire the infection on coming in contact with people who are already having versinia infection, which includes children and adults.

Preventing versinia infection

You may implement the following precautionary measures and save yourself from a bacterial infection:

Wash your hands thoroughly before

  • Handling food ingredients or eating.
  • After coming in contact with raw food products and poultry such as raw meat namely pork.
  • After you go to the bathroom or toilet or change your kid’s diapers
  • After coming in contact with domestic pets and farm animals including birds.

With regard to preparing food, the following procedures are to be followed to prevent acquiring and spreading a versinia infection:

  • Soften meat that is frozen completely.
  • Wash cooked meat and poultry products properly.
  • Poultry and raw meat products are to be stored separately from other foods in the refrigerator
  • Cutting boards, knives, cutlery etc. are to be washed properly after using them on raw meat products and poultry.

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