Risk Factors for Yersiniosis
Risk factors discussion:
Associated Foods: Strains of Y. enterocolitica can be found in meats (pork, beef, lamb, etc.), oysters, fish, and raw milk. The exact cause of the food contamination is unknown. However, the prevalence of this organism in the soil and water and in animals such as beavers, pigs, and squirrels, offers ample opportunities for it to enter our food supply. Poor sanitation and improper sterilization techniques by food handlers, including improper storage, cannot be overlooked as contributing to contamination.
(Source: FDA Bad Bug Book)
About risk factors:
Risk factors for Yersiniosis are factors that do not seem
to be a direct cause of the disease,
but seem to be associated in some way.
Having a risk factor for Yersiniosis
makes the chances
of getting a condition higher but does
not always lead to Yersiniosis.
Also, the absence of any risk factors
or having a protective factor does not necessarily
guard you against getting Yersiniosis.
For general information and a list of risk factors,
see the risk center.
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