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Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1996 May;120(5):499-500.

Yersinia enterocolitica bacteremia associated with red blood cell transfusion.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio 78284-7750, USA.


A chronically ill, 80-year-old man received over three fourths of a unit of CPDA-1 red blood cells contaminated with Yersinia enterocolitica serotype 0:3. He experienced rigors, high fever, elevated blood pressure, and increased pulse rate. He was treated with antibiotics and discharged in stable condition 6 days later. The blood donor, an Air Force recruit, was asymptomatic at the time of donation but recalled having had diarrhea 4 days earlier. In addition, several other flight members were reported to have had diarrhea at the same time. Serologic evidence suggested that the donor had had a recent infection with Y enterocolitica serotype 0:3.

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