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How does Yersinia enterocolitica food poisoning affect the body?

Yersinia enterocolitica can affect your body in a number of ways. This type of food poisoning occurs when you eat food contaminated by live Yersinia enterocolitica bacteria. You develop symptoms when the bacteria have had a chance to grow and divide, which is why you do not get sick immediately after ingesting contaminated food. This differs from other types of food poisoning where you only need to ingest bacterial toxins. When you have Yersinia enterocolitica food poisoning, you are actually infected with the bacteria. As your body fights off the infection, you may develop a fever and your white blood cell count may rise. Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and bloody or non-bloody diarrhea may occur, as may joint pain and a body rash.

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