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May 12, 1975

Brucellosis Linked to Mexican Cheese

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, University of Colorado Medical Center, 4200 E Ninth Ave, Denver. Dr. Eckman is now with the Duluth Clinic Ltd., Duluth, Minn.

JAMA. 1975;232(6):636-637. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250060032018

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)