Yersinia enterocolitica (Yersiniosis)
Yersiniosis is an infection caused most often by eating raw or undercooked pork contaminated with Yersinia enterocolitica bacteria. CDC estimates Y. enterocolitica causes almost 117,000 illnesses, 640 hospitalizations, and 35 deaths in the United States every year. Children are infected more often than adults, and the infection is more common in the winter.
Find out what you can do to help keep your family healthy when making chitlins or any dish with pork intestines.
Information on this website focuses on Yersinia enterocolitica, which causes yersiniosis. To learn about Yersinia pestis and the disease it causes, visit CDC’s plague website.
Page last reviewed: October 24, 2016