ENTERIC bacteria belonging to the genus Yersinia occur worldwide in domestic livestock, wild animals and the natural environment. Several Yersinia species are of significant animal and public health importance, such as Yersinia enterocolitica and Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, the causative agents of yersiniosis in human beings and animals, and Yersinia pestis, which causes plague (Neubauer and others 2000a, 2001a, b). This short communication describes a study to evaluate the habitat and prevalence of Yersinia species in wild red deer (Cervus elaphus) in Norway.
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