Living Organisms / Monera (Bacteria) / Bacteria with  Gram negative staining cell-walls / Yersinia / Species:
Yersinia pseudotuberculosis
Summary Information
Morphology, Staining and Metabolism information at genera level (Yersinia)

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Common synonyms Bacillus tuberculosis, Bacterium pseudotuberculosis rodentium, Corynebacterium rodentium, Pasteurella pseudotuberculosis.
Notes Occurs worldwide in wild rodents, lagomorphs, birds and soil. Animals become infected by ingestion of the organism, and most infections occur in cold weather. (B47) (B88) (B21)

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Associated Diseases linked in Wildpro
This agent is a human and animal pathogen responsible for mesenteric lymphadenitis, diarrhoea and septicaemia. (B74) (B21) Infections have been reported in a variety of mammal, bird and reptile species, including man. It causes a plague-like disease of rodents, is a relatively common disease of birds and can cause sporadic outbreaks in birds. (B47) (B88) (B21)
Associated Waterfowl Diseases Yersiniosis (Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, Pasteurella pseudotuberculosis) Waterfowl Disease Summary Bacterial infection, rare in waterfowl, may be seen as a chronic disease with caseous necrotic foci, enteritis or acute septicaemia.
Waterfowl in which the disease has been recorded.

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Antibiotic Use and Resistance
Resistance has been noted and the level appears to be strain related (B74)
Listed Antibiotics recorded as having efficacy Yersinia spp. are susceptible in vitro to the following antimicrobial agents:
  • Tetracycline (B74) (B88)
  • Chloramphenicol (B74) (B88)
  • Streptomycin (B74) (B88)
  • gentamycin (B74) (B88)
  • Kanamycin (B74) (B88)
  • Neomycin (B74) (B88)
  • Sulfonamides (alone or in combination with Trimethoprim) (B74)
  • Nalidixic acid (B74)
  • Fluoroquinolones (B88)
Listed Antibiotics recorded as RESISTANCE Yersinia spp. are resistant in vitro to the following antimicrobial agents:
  • Erythromycin (B74)
  • Novobiocin (B74)

Yersinia spp. resistance has been noted to

  • Ampicillin (B74)
  • Penicillin (B74)
  • Carbenicillin (B74)
  • Cephalosporins (B74)

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References for Bacterial Species

Species Author

Suzanne Boardman
B47 John F Timoney, James H Gillespie, Fredric W Scott, Jeffrey E Barlough
Hagan and Bruner's Microbiology and Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals - Eight Edition
B88 Dwight C Hirsh and Yuan Chuang Zee
Veterinary Microbiology
B21 P J Quinn, M E Carter, B Markey, G R Carter
Clinical Veterinary Microbiology
B74 Noel R Krieg and John G Holt
Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology - Volume 1

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