Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Thomas Butler
Part of the Current Topics in Infectious Disease book series (CTID)


In this section, I shall present and discuss recent work that relates to selected aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of Yersinia infections. Plague will be considered separately from the other yersiniae because the isolation and identification of Yersinia pestis is a more simple laboratory exercise owing to its presence in normally sterile body fluids. Selective media and cold enrichment are often necessary, on the other hand, to recover the other yersiniae from the multiplicity of microbes present in the normal stool. The treatment of plague is similarly more straightforward because antibiotics are lifesaving in plague, whereas the efficacy of antibiotic treatment in the other yersinioses is less well established.


MacConkey Agar Yersinia Enterocolitica Acta Pathol Yersinia Pestis Brucella Abortus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Butler
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.International Center for Diarrhoeal ResearchDhakaBangladesh
  2. 2.Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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