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Posted: 6/6/2008 1:36:49 PM EST
Tainted cheese fuels TB rise in California
Unpasteurized dairy products linked to reemergence of ancient disease


A rare form of tuberculosis caused by illegal, unpasteurized dairy products, including the popular queso fresco cheese, is rising among Hispanic immigrants in Southern California and raising fears about a resurgence of a strain all but eradicated in the U.S.

Cases of the Mycobacterium bovis strain of TB have increased in San Diego county, particularly among children who drink or eat dairy foods made from the milk of infected cattle, a study in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases shows.

But the germ can infect anyone who eats contaminated fresh cheeses sold by street vendors, smuggled across the Mexican border or produced by families who try to make a living selling so-called “bathtub cheese” made in home tubs and backyard troughs.

Scientists at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine are warning that improved screening, treatment and public education are necessary to prevent the spread of the disease that now accounts for about 10 percent of all new cases of TB in that border region — and, perhaps, others.

“M. bovis TB is a disease of antiquity,” said Timothy Rodwell, a researcher who led the study published by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “It is important that it not be allowed to re-emerge as a cause of TB in this country.”

Unlike typical TB, caused by the M. tuberculosis strain, the bovine variety isn’t easily spread through human-to-human contact. It settles less often in the lungs, making it less likely to be transmitted through breathing and coughing, Rodwell said.

Rare strain resists drug treatment

However, the M. bovis bug is resistant to front-line drug therapy and adults who contract it are more than twice as likely as those with traditional TB to die before treatment is complete.

Researchers studied nearly 3,300 culture-confirmed cases of TB in San Diego county between 1994 and 2005, the study showed. Some 265 of the cases were identified as the bovine TB. Though the number of cases remained small, they increased by nearly 65 percent over time, rising from 17 cases a year to 28 cases a year.

By 2005, more than half the M. bovis cases were diagnosed in children younger than 15, the study said. Nearly all of the cases were in Hispanics, and 60 percent were in people from Mexico. Between 2001 and 2005, 19 adults with M. Bovis died before or during treatment.

That worries TB health experts, who say that the small numbers belie a potentially large problem.

“I wouldn’t want to characterize it as increasing in epidemic proportions,” said Dr. Kathleen Moser, director of tuberculosis control programs for San Diego County.

“But it’s clearly being seen, and being seen in places where people drink unpasteurized milk and eat unpasteurized dairy products.”

Demand for Hispanic cheeses has skyrocketed in California, where 108 million pounds of legal, properly pasteurized queso fresco and other cheeses were produced last year, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Last year, Moser was concerned enough about dangerous, illegal varieties to launch a public health campaign that included ads on Spanish-language television stations and new brochures that warned families to beware of infected cheese.

Officials seize illegal cheese

Agriculture officials have been cracking down on illegally produced cheese, including more than 375 pounds of so-called “bathtub cheese” seized from an open-air market in San Bernardino last year, according to Steve Lyle, the agency’s director of public affairs. Such cheeses have been found to be colonized with salmonella, listeria, E. coli and M. Bovis TB.

The problem stems from cattle in Mexico, where M. Bovis infects an estimated 17 percent of herds. In the U.S., the problem is limited to occasional outbreaks among isolated herds. Overall, the U.S. virtually eradicated the M. Bovis variety in the 1900s, Rodwell said.

TB officials in the U.S. want to watch the trend closely. Although there are about 9 million new cases of TB in the world each year and about 2 million deaths, cases in the U.S. have dropped dramatically. More than half of the 13,300 U.S. cases a year are now concentrated in people born outside the U.S.

Rodwell cautioned that people worried about the M. Bovis strain of TB should pay closer attention to dairy products, not people.

“It is NOT a disease you are very likely to get from a foreign-born person,” he said in an e-mail. “The increase in M. bovis cases is more about what you eat, not where you were born.”

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We already knew that Republic Kalifornistan was already a shit state to begin with... this just adds more fuel to the fire.

Puts to the new meaning of Ghetto Cheeze
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 1:39:22 PM EST
Just spreading the diseases Americans won't.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 1:41:04 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/6/2008 1:42:14 PM EST by operatorerror]
Illegal cheese for illegal aliens.


eta oh and fuck floriduh
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 1:47:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By ChinoUSMC:
Tainted cheese fuels TB rise in California
Unpasteurized dairy products linked to reemergence of ancient disease


A rare form of tuberculosis caused by illegal, unpasteurized dairy products, including the popular queso fresco cheese, is rising among Hispanic immigrants in Southern California and raising fears about a resurgence of a strain all but eradicated in the U.S.


Before starting I must emphasize that I don't believe we should ban all unpastuerized milk.

But I chose to emphasize this portion because there are many here who do not accept the public health benefits of pasteurization of milk.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 1:57:26 PM EST
First Killer Bees, now Killer Cheese. Wow.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 2:00:44 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/6/2008 2:08:41 PM EST by ChinoUSMC]

Originally Posted By operatorerror:
Illegal cheese for illegal aliens.


eta oh and fuck floriduh


We get hurricanes, senior citizen drivers and sexual predators....

ETA: You have the fruits, nuts, illegals... and gun control... oh... and now TB
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 2:06:55 PM EST
So what does illegals bringing illegal cheese into California have to do with the state itself?

Link Posted: 6/6/2008 2:09:22 PM EST

Originally Posted By ChinoUSMC:

Originally Posted By operatorerror:
Illegal cheese for illegal aliens.


eta oh and fuck floriduh


We get hurricanes, senior citizen drivers and sexual predators....

ETA: You have the fruits, nuts, illegals... and gun control... oh... and now TB


Naw, you tie. Floridiots have to live in ungodly humidity.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 2:33:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/6/2008 2:34:27 PM EST by FrankSymptoms]

illegal, unpasteurized dairy products, including the popular queso fresco cheese, is rising among Hispanic immigrants

But the germ can infect anyone who eats contaminated fresh cheeses sold by street vendors, smuggled across the Mexican border or produced by families who try to make a living selling so-called “bathtub cheese” made in home tubs and backyard troughs.

The problem stems from cattle in Mexico, where M. Bovis infects an estimated 17 percent of herds.


Do I smell a NAFTrAt?



Link Posted: 6/6/2008 3:09:12 PM EST
I notice an unusually high number of Calibashing incidents today.
Are the midwest/east coasters worried or upset about something?
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 3:14:02 PM EST
Im sure most who get sick from this dont have insurance either
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 3:15:51 PM EST

Originally Posted By ApacheScout:
I notice an unusually high number of Calibashing incidents today.
Are the midwest/east coasters worried or upset about something?


Kidding me? I was born there, lived there as a child on and off (was a Navy brat)... never cared for Kali. With all the politics that goes on in Kali (anti military, pro illegals, anti gun, pro hippies, Hollywood leftest, etc.... the list goes on), it's a state to stay away from.

Link Posted: 6/6/2008 3:18:33 PM EST

Originally Posted By 1GunnerHogan1:

Originally Posted By ChinoUSMC:

Originally Posted By operatorerror:
Illegal cheese for illegal aliens.


eta oh and fuck floriduh


We get hurricanes, senior citizen drivers and sexual predators....

ETA: You have the fruits, nuts, illegals... and gun control... oh... and now TB


Naw, you tie. Floridiots have to live in ungodly humidity.



My family moved from Stone Mnt. GA after the war of Northern Agression in hopes that the heat and humidity would keep the carpet baggers out.... It did until the invention of AC.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 3:19:05 PM EST
I can't believe unpasteurized cheeze is illegal to begin with...
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 7:26:16 PM EST

Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
I can't believe unpasteurized cheeze is illegal to begin with...


This is the make it in your bathtub between giving the kids baths variety.

It shows up in AZ and TX also. Usually back up and back up and back up.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 7:35:52 PM EST
I can see the USDA getting a boost in its enforcement budget now.
Link Posted: 6/6/2008 7:38:43 PM EST
This just in....Mexican Fromunda cheese isn't healthy.
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