CDC warns about drinking ‘raw’ milk after NJ woman gets sick
Just over two months after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a woman became ill after drinking raw milk, the agency is again warning people about the product's possible dangers.
According to the CDC, anyone who drank raw milk from a company called Udder Milk could be infected by a germ called brucella abortus RB51. The CDC said the company, which describes itself as a "co-op on wheels," delivers milk in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
The germ can make anyone sick, but is especially dangerous for pregnant women who could miscarriage or experience other complications.
"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 CDC said of the New Jersey woman's case.
According to the CDC, the New Jersey woman was the second patient who was made sick by the germ, along with a woman from Texas in July. The CDC said the cases are "not connected."
The CDC also noted that selling raw milk and dairy products is illegal in New Jersey. Udder Milk appears to get around the prohibition by delivering the milk directly to consumers.
The CDC is encouraging anyone who has bought and consumed milk from Udder Milk over the past six months to see a doctor to receive antibiotics. Consumers of the milk should check their temperature daily for one month after drinking the product, and check for symptoms of the germ for six months after consumption.
Symptoms, according to the CDC, can include muscle pain, lasting fatigue, arthritis, depression, and swelling of the testicles. It also has long term health risks including arthritis, heart problems, and the enlargement of the liver or spleen.
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