The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health officials are investigating potential exposures to Brucella strain RB51 (RB51) in 19 states, connected to consuming raw (unpasteurized) milk from Miller’s Biodiversity Farm in Quarryville, Pennsylvania. One case of RB51 infection (brucellosis) has been confirmed in New York, and an unknown number of people may have been exposed to RB51 from drinking the milk from this farm. This type of Brucella is resistant to first-line drugs and can be difficult to diagnose because of limited testing options and the fact that early brucellosis symptoms are similar to those of more common illnesses like flu.
Approaching any issue from a One Health perspective necessitates looking at the interactions of people, domestic animals, wildlife, plants, and our environment. For antimicrobial resistance this includes antimicrobial use (and abuse) in the human, animal and environmental sectors. More importantly, the spread of resistant bacteria and resistance determinants within and between these sectors and globally must be addressed.
Reducing the misuse and overuse of antibiotics in food production is critical to any global attempts to prevent the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria.
A New York resident who drank raw milk from a Pennsylvania dairy has contracted the nation’s third known case of brucellosis caused by the antibiotic-resistant Brucella RB51 strain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday in a Health Alert Network (HAN) notice. The previous two illnesses occurred in 2017.
Center for Biological Diversity: up to 480,000 acres of Florida citrus treated with more than 650,000 pounds of streptomycin per year.