The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning tristate area residents about a potentially contaminated unpasteurized milk product.
People who bought and drank raw milk from a company called Udder Milk may have been infected with a rare but potentially serious germ called Brucella abortus RB51. While Brucella can cause anyone to become sick, women may suffer miscarriages and other pregnancy complications making it critical for pregnant women who may have consumed the raw milk from Udder Milk to seek medical care immediately.
A woman in New Jersey became ill after drinking raw milk from the company in September. CDC confirmed her illness was Brucella RB51 in late October. Because Udder Milk has not provided information about the farms that supply their milk, it has not been possible to trace the source of the woman’s infection.
The New Jersey patient is the second known domestically acquired illness caused by Brucella RB51 in raw milk in the nation this year. The other occurred in Texas in July. The incidents are not connected.
CDC scientists have been collaborating with state health officials on the investigation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are working with state health and agriculture officials to trace the source of the contaminated raw milk and raw milk products.
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