CDC Says Raw Milk Infected with Brucella Possibly Exposed to People in 19 States

Federal and state health officials are investigating an outbreak of raw milk tainted with Brucella, a drug-resistant bacteria which can cause serious complications such as heart problems, arthritis and miscarriage.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people in 19 states have bought or consumed the raw milk from Miller’s Biodiversity Farm, a members-only club in Quarryville, Pennsylvania, that sells dairy products to its members.

The CDC advises people to toss any raw milk or raw milk products from the farm. People who used such products from the farm since January 2016 may have been exposed and should talk to their doctor, the CDC stated. The infection can strike up to six months after exposure, meaning people who drank or ate the raw milk products within that time frame should monitor their health for symptoms, which include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite and muscle and joint pain.

Authorities connected the farm to a Brucellosis infection (also called Mediterranean fever) in New York in November. An “unknown number” of people could have been exposed.

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SOURCE: Sean Rossman, USA TODAY