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Prolactal Cheese 2009

Austria's health ministry said contaminated cheese produced by Prolactal killed seven people in 2009. The ministry said the deaths - five in Austria and two in Germany - were caused by listeria, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail, or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. The five Austrians who died were senior citizens. A recall of the implicated products was issued in late January, 2010.

  • Outbreak began:
  • Unknown 2009
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Dairy, Cheese, Acid Cheese Curd
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Supermarkets
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Harzer Kase, Reinhardshof, Reinhardshof, Bauernkase mit Edulschimmel, Quargel
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 7
  • 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:
  • 7

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