On Dec. 4, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) distributed a health advisory warning people who might have consumed contaminated raw milk and milk products from a company called Udder Milk to visit their doctor.
According to the advisory, people who bought and drank raw milk from Udder Milk may have been infected with a rare but potentially serious germ called Brucella abortus RB51. While it can cause anyone to become sick, pregnant women may suffer miscarriage and other pregnancy complications.
The DOH says that it is possible that Pennsylvanians have been exposed to these products even though distribution of Udder Milk products has not been confirmed in Pa.
The advisory – which was originally issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – was shared with Pennsylvania physicians and others subscribed to receive PA Health Alert Network (PA-HAN) alerts.
DOH's health advisory offers:
- Background on the CDC's efforts to trace the source of the contaminated products
- Treatment and reporting information
- Details on Brucella