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CDC Alert

This is an official
CDC HEALTH ADVISORY

Third Case of Rifampin/Penicillin-Resistant Strain of RB51
Brucella from Consuming Raw Milk

Summary

The New York State Department of Health and Pennsylvania Department of Health are investigating
Brucella RB51 exposures that may be connected to consuming raw (unpasteurized) milk from Miller’s
Biodiversity Farm in Quarryville, Pennsylvania. Symptoms of brucellosis can include fever, sweats,
malaise, anorexia, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and potentially more serious complications
(e.g., endocarditis, hepatomegaly, splenomegaly, and neurologic symptoms). In pregnant patients,
Brucella infections can be associated with miscarriage. Symptom onset can occur anywhere from five
days to six months following exposure. As of January 22, 2019, exposures have been identified in 19
states: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,
Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,
South Carolina, and Virginia. More…

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