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Childhood Yersinia enterocolitica infection in Crete

  • E. GalanakisEmail author
  • C. Perdikogianni
  • S. Maraki
  • E. Giannoussi
  • M. Kalmanti
  • Y. Tselentis
Brief Report

Yersinia enterocolitica appears to be a common cause of enteritis in humans, yet great variations have been noted among countries and the epidemiology of the infection is poorly understood [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]. Yersiniosis occurs either sporadically or as outbreaks often attributable to contaminated pork, water, milk and bean sprouts [2, 4, 8]. Individuals with a predisposing underlying condition including immunosuppression and iron overload are more prone to systemic disease, but normal hosts and especially infants can also be affected [2]. In order to investigate childhood Y. enterocolitica infection in Crete over a long period of time, we reviewed the records of all outpatients and inpatients with a stool culture positive for Yersinia at the University General Hospital of Heraklion from January 1993 through December 2004. The hospital is the major health center in Crete, serving a population of 611,000, of whom 132,000 are children aged less than 14 years (2001 census data).

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Keywords

Annual Incidence Rate Yersinia Enterocolitica Cefsulodin Pork Sausage Enterocolitica Strain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Galanakis
    • 1
    Email author
  • C. Perdikogianni
    • 1
  • S. Maraki
    • 2
  • E. Giannoussi
    • 1
  • M. Kalmanti
    • 1
  • Y. Tselentis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PaediatricsUniversity of CreteHeraklionGreece
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Bacteriology-Parasitology-Zoonoses and Geographical MedicineUniversity HospitalHeraklionGreece

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