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Cheese Listeria Outbreak Investigated After Two Die, Others Sickened

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By    |   Friday, 10 Mar 2017 01:21 PM

Cheese and listeria are being linked in a deadly outbreak that has left at least two people dead and others hospitalized.

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating a multi-state listeria outbreak in Connecticut and Vermont, according to Fox News.

The outbreak is being linked to a soft milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery in Walton, New York, which was recalled on Tuesday after listeria was found in two of its samples. All lots of Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie, and Willowemoc soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses were recalled, the CDC said on its webite. The cheeses were distributed nationwide.

Listeria is an infection that comes from eating contaminated food, according to CNN.

Pregnant women, senior citizens and those with weak immune systems are said to be most at risk amid the outbreak.

There have been six cases involving this outbreak, and each person was taken to the hospital, BBC News noted. The two who died as a result of the outbreak have not been identified.

The first report that someone had gotten sick from the recalled cheese came in September of 2016, and an investigation of Vulto Creamery began Jan. 31, according to CNN.

According to the CDC, five of the six victims were females and the victims range in age from less than a year to 89.

“CDC and state and local public health partners are continuing laboratory surveillance through PulseNet to identify additional ill people and to interview them,” the CDC wrote on its website. “This investigation is ongoing, and updates will be provided when more information is available.”

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