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At Least 2 Deaths Linked to Cheese Recall


 

Several people have fallen ill and at least two people have died due to a listeria outbreak that has been linked by to recalled cheese.

Details of the Listeria Outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have launched an investigation into a multi-state listeria outbreak that has been linked to raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery in Walton, New York.

According to FOX News, Vulto Creamery issued recalls for all lots of their Oulet, Mirand, Heinennellie, and Willowmec soft wash-rind raw milk after two samples tested positive for listeria monocytogenes. Samples collected from one of the victim’s home tested positive for the same strain of listeria.

The CDC has confirmed six victims who have fallen ill due to the listeria outbreak. The illnesses were recorded in Connecticut, Florida, new York, and Vermont and the victims ages range from newborn to 89-years.

Listeria Symptoms and Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • There are about 1,.600 recorded cases of listeriosis every year resulting in about 260 deaths.
  • Among those most at risk of infection are pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and those with weakened immune symptoms.
  • Listeriosis can result in a number of symptoms. These include:
    • Fever
    • Muscle aches
    • Nausea
    • Diarrhea
    • Headache
    • Flu-like symptoms

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