How do medications treat Yersinia enterocolitica food poisoning?

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Yersinia enterocolitica food poisoning is not routinely treated with antibiotics, although these drugs may be used in more serious cases. Generally, antibiotics work by either killing bacteria or stopping their growth. The drugs that may be used in the treatment of Yersinia enterocolitica food poisoning include trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole and ciprofloxacin, although other options are available. While these medications are effective in reducing the number of bacteria in stool samples, the duration of illness and severity of symptoms may not be greatly affected. In most cases, this form of food poisoning resolves with no antibiotic treatment. Other symptoms of the disease may be treated with medications including fever reducers and electrolyte-laden fluids.