One person has died and three newborns have become ill in an outbreak of listeria linked to Hispanic-style cheese.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the death was in California. Seven additional illnesses were in Maryland.
All seven victims in Maryland reported consuming soft of semi-soft Hispanic-style cheese. The location of the purchases are different but the grocery store chain remains same.
Listeria was later detected in a sample of Caujada en Terron, or fresh cheese curd, purchased at that chain. The CDC will not be providing the name of the grocery store chain at this time.
The agency said the cheese was “likely produced by” Roos Foods of Kenton, Del., and repackaged by the grocery store chain. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is warning people not to eat any cheeses produced byRoos Foods.
Roos Foods cheese is sold under these brand names:
- Santa Rosa de Lima
- La Chapina
- La Purisima Crema Nica
Listeria is the name of a bacteria found in soil and water and some animals, including poultry and cattle. It can be present in raw milk and foods made from raw milk. It can also live in food processing plants and contaminate a variety of processed meats.
Symptoms of the illness include: fever, stiff neck, confusion, weakness, vomiting, sometimes preceded by diarrhea. High risk patients include older adults, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems. It is particularly dangerous amongst pregnant woman as it can be passed to the fetus.
According to the CDC, three of the illnesses were in newborns. Two of the illnesses were mothers of two of the ill newborns. It is unclear if the death was one of the newborns.
The illnesses were diagnosed between August and November of last year, but the CDC said there may be more. The investigation is ongoing.
The Associated Press contributed to the details of this story.