Contamination of freshly slaughtered pig carcasses with enteropathogenic Yersinia spp.: Distribution, quantification and identification of risk factors.

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A cross-sectional survey was undertaken to determine the overall prevalence of enteropathogenic Yersinia spp. in the tonsils, feces and on carcasses of pigs at slaughter. Moreover, factors associated with Yersinia contamination of freshly eviscerated pig carcasses were studied. Yersinia enterocolitica serotype O:3 was isolated from the tonsils and feces of 55.3% and 25.6% of pigs, and Y. pseudotuberculosis from 1.4% and 0.6%, respectively. The pathogens were also recovered from 39.7% of carcass surfaces post-evisceration. The highest prevalence was found at the mandibular region (28.9%), fo…

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