USA -Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Soft Raw Milk Cheese Made by Vulto Creamery



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  • CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections (listeriosis).
    • Listeria can cause a serious, life-threatening illness.
  • Six people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria have been reported from four states since September 1, 2016.
    • All six people were hospitalized, and two people from Connecticut and Vermont died. One illness was reported in a newborn.
  • Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that soft raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery of Walton, New York, is the likely source of this outbreak.
    • Six of six people interviewed reported eating various types of soft cheeses in the month before their illness started.
    • The outbreak strain of Listeria was identified in samples taken from three intact wheels of Ouleout cheese collected from Vulto Creamery.
  • On March 7, 2017, Vulto Creamery recalled all lots of Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie, and Willowemoc soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses.
    • The soft raw milk cheeses were distributed nationwide, with most being sold at retail locations in the northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, California, Chicago, Portland, Oregon, and Washington, D.C.
  • CDC recommends that consumers do not eat, restaurants do not serve, and retailers do not sell recalled soft raw milk cheeses made by Vulto Creamery.
  • This investigation is ongoing. Updates will be provided when more information is available.

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