What is Yersinia enterocolitica?

Yersinia enterocolitica can be found in meats, oysters, fish, and raw milk. The exact cause of the food contamination is unknown. However, poor sanitation practices by food handlers, including improper storage, can contribute to contamination. CDC estimates that about 17,000 cases occur annually in the USA. It is a far more common disease in Northern Europe, Scandinavia, and Japan.

The major "complication" is the performance of unnecessary appendectomies, since one of the main symptoms of infection is abdominal pain of the lower right quadrant.

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    • Revision Date: 6/22/2010

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Large amounts of leftovers should be divided into small, shallow pans for quicker cooling. Increasing the exposed surface area of the food will help it cool more rapidly. The goal for proper food cooling is to get the inner-most temperature to less than 70°F within two hours and below 41°F within an additional four hours.

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