Listeria is a severe infection that is usually caused by contaminated products. A listeria outbreak is still being investigated by the FDA. This outbreak was caused by a raw milk cheese product made by Vulto Creamery. Since September 1st more than 6 people were hospitalized and 2 died.
The FDA is still investigating this listeria outbreak. People from New York, Vermont, and Florida were affected by this infection. The company that produces these products announced a recall of all the raw milk cheeses. These products were distributed nationwide. The states were these products sold best are Portland, Chicago, California, and Oregon.
People who have purchased any of the raw milk cheese produced by Vulto should not consume them. Retailers and restaurants were advised to stop selling and serving these products. The CDC is working with the FDA in order to solve this listeria outbreak. They found that the outbreak began in New York, at Vulto Creamery of Walton.
The people that suffered a listeria infestation from these products are aged between 1 and 88 years old. The ones that are the most affected by a listeria outbreak are pregnant women, children, older people, and those that have problems with their immune system.
Listeria presents symptoms that include muscle aches, gastrointestinal problems, and fever. These symptoms normally appear a few days after people consumed a contaminated product. At some people, these symptoms can appear after a few weeks. People that don’t have any medical problems usually have less severe symptoms that don’t last long.
Pregnant women, on the other hand, might go into premature labor, have a miscarriage or stillbirth. If the mother is infected by listeria the babies can die at birth. Older people and those with a weak immune system can die from listeria, especially if it is not caught in time.
In general, listeria outbreaks were caused by meat. Recently, listeria outbreaks have been caused by dairy products. Sometimes listeria can be caused by celery sprouts, ice cream, and soft cheeses.
The investigation of the Vulto Creamery listeria outbreak is still ongoing. This investigation started January 31st. After the FDA made tests and discovered the bacteria in these products, Vuto Creamery announced its recall. The company suspended production until the end of the investigation.
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