CT Resident Killed in Listeria Outbreak Linked to NY Creamery, CDC Says


CT Resident Killed in Listeria Outbreak Linked to NY Creamery, CDC Says

The outbreak strain, listeria monocytogenes, was found in leftover Ouleout cheese collected from the deceased person's home, the Connecticut Department of Health said.

Two of the six cases have been fatal, including residents from CT and Vermont. In total, there are six confirmed cases, they said.

Six people were hospitalized in Connecticut, Florida, New York and Vermont, including two fatalities in Connecticut and Vermont, the CDC said on Thursday.

Vulto Creamery is recalling all lots of Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie, and Willowemoc soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses.

Listeriosis is a serious infection generally caused by contaminated food and is particularly risky to pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.

FDA advises consumers to not consume the cheese items being recalled.

Officials with Vulto Creamery made a decision to voluntarily recall the cheeses after the FDA found the bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes in lot number 617 of its Ouleout.

Listeriosis is usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria listeria moncytogenes.

After being informed of a positive test conducted by the FDA on a retail sample of Ouleout cheese, Vulto began contacting customers on March 3, asking that they return the product. The people sickened by the cheese range in age frmo 0 to 89. One illness was reported in a newborn.

Stores including Whole Foods have issued their own recalls related to the products in multiple states including NY, where the bulk of the outbreaks-though not the deaths-have occurred.

A CT resident died after eating tainted cheese from a NY creamery, authorities said Thursday.



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