Three cases of brucellosis occurred, two acute cases and one chronic, all of which likely resulted from the ingestion of fresh cheese containing Brucella melitensis. A history of patients with illness suggestive of brucellosis should include details about food ingested recently in addition to the usual questions about travel and occupation. As the US domestic-animal disease comes under better control, and travel to Mexico, Spain, and Italy increases, it seems likely that human disease caused by B melitensis will become relatively more common.
(JAMA 232:636-637, 1975)
Eckman MR. Brucellosis Linked to Mexican Cheese. JAMA. 1975;232(6):636–637. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250060032018
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