CDC probes multistate listeria outbreak linked to contaminated cheese


The CDC recommends that restaurants do not serve and retailers do not sell recalled soft raw milk cheeses made by Vulto Creamery.

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

The Department of Public Health is investigating after confirming Thursday that a CT resident had died after eating recalled cheese.

Two of the six cases have been fatal, including residents from CT and Vermont. People who experience fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointenstinal symptoms, after eating recalled products should immediately seek medical care.

According to a CNN report, the deaths, along with six hospitalizations, have been reported since September 1, 2016, in Connecticut, Florida, New York and Vermont.

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Federal and state health officials are investigating a multistate Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that has to date sickened six people in four states, including two fatalities since Sep. One illness was reported in a newborn; one death occurred in CT and another in Vermont. These soft, raw milk cheeses were distributed nationwide mostly in the Norheastern and Mid-Atlantic states and in California, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

The company, based in Walton, New York, announced the recall is out of an abundance of caution.

The Vulto Creamery investigation, which began January 31, is ongoing.

After gathering evidence about various cheeses eaten by the people who became ill, CDC identified Ouleout cheese from Vulto Creamery as the likely cause of the outbreak.