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CDC: Listeriosis outbreak linked to Minn. death caused by unsanitary cheese-making conditions

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A Listeriosis outbreak in 4 states, linked to one death in Minnesota, was caused by unsanitary production conditions at a Wisconsin cheese company, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report.

The Listeriosis outbreak reported last summer was linked to contaminated soft cheeses made by Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company of Waterloo, Wis.

Inspection of the cheese-making facility revealed that substantial sanitation deficiencies during the cheese-making process itself, after the milk was pasteurized, likely led to contamination," the CDC report said.

THE CHEESES

- Les Frères

- Petit Frère

- Petit Frère with Truffles

WHAT IS LISTERIOSIS?

Listeriosis is a potentially dangerous infection that can be acquired by eating food contaminated with Listeria bacterium. Typically, between four to 10 cases are reported in Minnesota annually.

Symptoms of listeriosis include:

- Fever

- Muscle aches

- Headache

- Stiff neck

- Confusion

- Loss of balance

- Convulsions

Symptoms tend to emerge 3 weeks after infection, but they can appear in as few as 3 days or as long as 70 days after infection.

Pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, but the infection can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery or infection in the child. The outbreak traced to Crave Brothers cheese was linked to one miscarriage.

Anyone who suspects they may have listeriosis is urged to contact a health care provider.

Online Resources:

MDH info sheet on Listeriosis: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/listeriosis

Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics: http://www.cravecheese.com

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