K-Bar Dairy in Paradise, Texas, has made dairy products which have been linked to the discovery of Brucella bacteria, which is resistant to antibiotics. One person is known to have been hospitalized in connection with the bacteria. Officials in Texas warn consumers to immediately throw away any raw milk and other unpasteurized products from K-Bar Dairy, in response to this product recall. Individuals who are especially at risk are those who have consumed these products since June 1, 2017. Those are the people considered to be at risk for contracting the dangerous bacteria.
Doctors have been urged to be alert to symptoms associated with Brucellosis, which is the illness that can be caused by the brucella bacteria. The bacteria are somewhat rare and diagnosing Brucellosis is often difficult to diagnose. The non-specific signs and symptoms of Brucellosis can wax and wane over the course of weeks or months and they include:
- Pain in muscles
- Joint and/or back fatigue
Some symptoms can persist even longer and may become permanent, including the following:
- Recurrent fevers
- Chronic fatigue
- Swelling of the spleen and liver
- Inflammation of the heart
- Swelling of the scrotum and testicle area
Public health officials said the individual who is currently hospitalized with a brucellosis infection has symptoms that include fatigue and pain in joints and muscles as well as fever. A blood culture test was required to accurately diagnose the infection.
The health department in Texas has released standing warnings about the potential dangers of raw milk, which is what consumers often call unpasteurized milk. The process of pasteurization kills the microscopic organisms in milk that can cause people to suffer from serious infections, including those caused by E. coli, Salmonella, brucella, and Listeria.
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