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Pasteurized Milk 1983

Consumption of a specific brand of pasteurized, whole or 2 per cent, milk was epidemiologically linked to an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes in Massaschusetts. The risk of illness increased with the amount of milk that had been consumed. The milk used by the dairy plant originated from farms in which dairy cows were known to have been infected with listeria. In addition, listeria was isolated from raw milk samples from these farms. Inspections of the milk plant revealed no evidence of improper pasteurization technique.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 1983
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Dairy, Milk, Pasteurized
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 49
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 14
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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