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Yersinia pestis

Yersinia pestis is a species of bacterium in the family Enterobacteriaceae, genus Yersinia; it is the infectious agent of bubonic plague. It was discovered simultaneously by Shibasaburo Kitasato and Alexandre Yersin[?] in 1894.

The bacillus was originally called Pasteurella pestis, and was renamed after Alexandre Yersin[?].

see also Great Plague

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