Yersinia Stool Test
Test Code: 182410
Specimen Type: Stool
Yersinia Stool Test (Labcorp)
Yersiniosis is an infection caused by the bacteria Yersinia enterocolitica. The CDC estimates there are about 117,000 cases of yersinia in the US every year. Only a small percentage of infections result in serious illness. Yersinia is most often spread by pigs and is contracted by consuming raw or undercooked pork. It can also be spread by people who handle contaminated animals or meat and do not properly wash their hands.
Symptoms of infection typically develop within 7 days of exposure and last up to several weeks. Common symptoms of Yersinia include fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and bloody stool. In rare, cases the infection can spread to the bloodstream and cause symptoms including joining pain and skin rash.
Stool testing is the most common method to identify yersinia bacteria. Most yersinia cases clear up on their own but antibiotic treatment can aid in a quicker recovery or in cases that last longer than usual.
In some cases, a single test may not be able to positively identify a yersinia infection. Separate testing on 2-3 samples may be necessary.
Please see our Stool Testing Category for additional testing options.
Turnaround for this test is typically 4-8 business days.
Where can I find a Yersinia Stool Culture test near me?
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Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
Obtain a specimen container and instructions for collection from the lab. Once your sample has been collected, return it to the lab as soon as possible.