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State OKs raw milk dairy to resume sales; Brucella risk remains

Texas health officials agreed yesterday to allow a raw milk dairy to resume sales, but warned that the threat of antibiotic-resistant brucellosis infection remains for anyone who drank the dairy’s unpasteurized milk this summer. The strain of antibiotic-resistant Brucella (RB51) bacteria, isolated from a woman in a Texas hospital, is a genetic match for Brucella… Continue Reading

Texas raw milk Brucella contamination hits 7 states

Although it is against federal law to sell unpasteurized milk across state lines, the CDC and state health departments are investigating illnesses in at least seven states in relation to Brucella bacteria found in raw milk from a Texas dairy. One woman in Texas has been in the hospital for weeks with a lab-confirmed case… Continue Reading

CDC expands on Texas warning about Brucella in raw milk

A month after Texas public health officials urged raw milk drinkers and their doctors to be on the lookout for symptoms of Brucella infection, the federal government weighed in with its own advice. Anyone who drank unpasteurized, “raw” milk from the K-Bar Dairy in Paradise, TX, from June 1 through Aug. 7 is “at an… Continue Reading

Texas investigates brucellosis, warns against K-Bar raw milk

Texas officials say all raw milk and other unpasteurized products from K-Bar Dairy should not be consumed and should immediately be discarded because the dairy has been linked to an antibiotic-resistant strain of Brucella bacteria that has hospitalized at least one person. “At this time, it is uncertain how long Brucella (bacteria) may have been… Continue Reading

Texas county blames 13 brucellosis cases on raw Mexican-style cheeses

A record 13 cases of human brucellosis in Dallas County, TX, are being blamed on unpasteurized Mexican-style cheeses. Dallas County officials issued an advisory last week asking local clinicians to be aware of possible cases of brucellosis and elicit travel history and risk exposures from all patients with compatible clinical symptoms. When brucellosis is suspected, they… Continue Reading

No Raw Milk Link, No Brucellosis in Massachusetts

A Massachusetts resident who first tested positive for brucellosis has now been confirmed to not have the infection, according to an email from the assistant commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR). “While initial test results did show up positive, further, more specific and accurate testing by the CDC confirmed that the person… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Link to Brucellosis in Massachusetts?

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Massachusetts Department of Agriculture issued a consumer alert on Friday, saying it is investigating whether a local farm’s raw milk could be contaminated with Brucella. A man who had “contact with this farm” has a suspected case of brucellosis, the state agencies said in a news release. Test… Continue Reading

States Draw Line Against Yellowstone Brucellosis

The cattle states of Colorado and Nebraska are putting up some defenses over what’s going on with brucellosis up in the Yellowstone country of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. The two states that share borders with Wyoming are putting stricter animal identification requirements in effect for cattle that have spent any time in the Yellowstone Park… Continue Reading

Pasteurization Protects People, Period

I note the ruckus over raw milk. Sorry, but I wouldn’t touch raw milk with a 10-foot straw. I wouldn’t drink it, I wouldn’t eat it as cheese and I wouldn’t take a bath in it, either. Nothing personal, but I don’t believe claims that pasteurizing milk destroys its nutritional value or that it’s a… Continue Reading

USDA Opts for Brucellosis Surveillance

After years of success with tough love, USDA has opted for a more lenient approach for dealing with Brucellosis, a disease that can induce fevers, sweating, weakness, anemia, headaches, muscular and bodily pain and depression in humans. The animal-to-human disease was previously handled on a state-by-state basis, forcing all cattlemen in states with brucellosis disease… Continue Reading