Public Health CDC Alert
Although it is forbidden to sell unpasteurized milk across national borders, federal officials say people in 19 states have been infected with drug-resistant brucella after being milked by Miller & # 39; s Biodiversity Farm in Pennsylvania had consumed. In a national food safety alert, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that anyone who has consumed raw milk from the farm over the past three years should contact their doctors. The Brucella outbreak strain – RB51 – is resistant to rifampin, one of the antibiotics commonly used to prevent or treat brucellosis.
The CDC and state authorities are calling on consumers to discard any dairy products from Miller's Biodiversity Farm that they have in their homes.
"Persons who have been consuming raw milk or raw milk from this dairy since January 201
There This is an even more immediate threat to the health of people who have purchased unpasteurised, raw dairy products from Miller's Biodiversity Farm in Quarryville, Pennsylvania in recent months. Even if they have not developed any symptoms of Brucella infection, they should seek immediate medical attention, according to the CDC.
"Persons who are still within six months of their last consumption of raw milk are at an increased risk of brucellosis and should receive antibiotics to prevent infections and symptoms. In addition, the state of health should be monitored for six months for possible symptoms. If symptoms develop, they should consult their doctor immediately to test, "says the CDC on alert.
"People who drank raw milk from this dairy more than six months ago and had symptoms of brucellosis but were not treated – should see a doctor immediately to see if they are infected and need antibiotics to get through long term Brucellosis caused health problems.
The CDC and government officials from the Health and Agriculture Departments have studied Brucella infections in people who have been consuming raw milk products since at least November 2018. At that time, public health officials confirmed a case of antibiotic-resistant brucellosis of the RB51 specific strain in a New York patient.
"… an unknown number of people had been exposed to RB51 because the milk of this farm was drunk (Miller's Biodiversity Farm). One cow tested positive for RB51 was taken out of the milking herd.
Investigators have discovered that people in 19 states have bought or consumed raw milk from the farm in Pennsylvania. The CDC warning did not report how unpasteurized raw milk was illegally transported or sold through state lines. The 19 states are Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia.
] Health officials confirmed two more cases of human brucellosis in October 2017 in New Jersey and Texas in August 2017, according to the CDC. These patients claimed to drink raw milk from an online retailer or farm in Texas.
The three confirmed cases in New York, New York, and Texas indicate that hundreds of others may have come in contact with RB51, the CDC reported.
The CDC warning urges people who consume raw milk from Miller's Biodiversity Farm or other unpasteurized dairy products to pay attention to the symptoms of an infection. In addition, people serving children raw milk should monitor their symptoms. Anyone who has served guests raw milk products should inform those individuals about the risk of Brucella infection.
The first symptoms of brucellosis include fever, sweats, loss of appetite, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and possibly serious complications.
- Symptoms can begin anywhere between five days and six months after exposure.
- Some patients may develop symptoms that resolve and do not appear until later in the following months.
- In pregnant patients, Brucella infections can lead to miscarriage.
- Children are at increased risk because their immune system is not fully developed.
Infected but untreated individuals may develop more serious complications such as arthritis; Heart problems; Enlargement of the spleen or liver; and in rare cases, nervous system problems such as meningitis.
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