CAROL O. TACKET, M.D.; BETTY R. DAVIS, M.S.; GERALDINE P. CARTER, B.S.; JERRY F. RANDOLPH, M.D.; MITCHELL L. COHEN, M.D.
During the investigation of a large multistate outbreak of milk-borne yersiniosis, 14 patients who presented with pharyngitis had Yersinia enterocolitica isolated from the throat. Their illness was characterized by sore throat and fever without enteritis; 3 needed hospitalization. All patients tested had leukocytosis and an elevated convalescent-phase serum titer against the outbreak strain. In contrast to patients with enteritis, who were children, all patients with pharyngitis were adults. Thus, Y. enterocolitica may be responsible for some sporadic cases of pharyngitis in which the throat culture is negative for other pathogens.
CAROL O. TACKET, BETTY R. DAVIS, GERALDINE P. CARTER, JERRY F. RANDOLPH, MITCHELL L. COHEN. Yersinia enterocolitica Pharyngitis. Ann Intern Med. 1983;99:40–42. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-1-40
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