Meyer, Karl F. George Williams Hooper Foundation, San Francisco Medical Center, University of California, San Francisco, California.
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A disease of rodents and birds, and occasionally transmitted to humans, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. Yersinia pseudotuberculosis (formerly Pasteurella pseudotuberculosis) is a large, pleomorphic, flagellated organism occurring in chains. It is motile at 18–22°C (64–72°F) and stains red with Gram stain (gram-negative). Occasionally, the ends of the organism stain more intensely than the center (bipolar staining). See also: Medical bacteriology; Staining; Yersinia
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