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Texas Private Home Imported Unpasteurized Goat Cheese 1983

A confirmed outbreak of Brucella melitensis occurred among residents of a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood in Houston, Texas. The source of the infections was traced to unpasteurized goats' milk cheese imported from Mexico. Nineteen of the 31 patients who contracted the disease were members of 5 families, which included 11 children ranging in age from 2 to 17 years. Brucella melitensis is common in goats in Mexico.

  • Outbreak began:
  • Unknown 1983
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Other
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Dairy, Cheese, Goat, Raw, Unpasteurized, Raw Cheese
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Private Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 31
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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