Yersinia pseudotuberculosis – update

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There is a total of 124 confirmed cases and 18 presumptive (suspected but yet to confirmed) nationwide. A total of 38 people have been hospitalised.

The people who have become ill with Yersenia have been interviewed on what foods they have been eating and this information has been cross-referenced, giving us sources to investigate further.

It is important to note that MPI’s investigation is over a range of foods.


Yersinia pseudotuberculosis causes stomach cramps and can present symptoms that mimic appendicitis. Diarrhoea can occur but is rare. It has a 3 to 21 day incubation period.

Please apply normal food safety practice. If it looks off or smells off, throw it out.  Otherwise keep fresh food chilled and wash fruit and vegetables before eating.

See your doctor, or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice if you think you might have symptoms.

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