Stephen Smith of the Boston Globe reported on the tragedy of yet another death tied to milk consumption. This death increases the number of deaths to three elderly men and the death of an unborn child. Also, according to the Globe the outbreak numbers have increased to five:
State disease investigators also reported today that the total number of cases of listeriosis attributed to the milk has risen by one, to five. A 31-year-old Middlesex County woman was diagnosed with the disease in September while in the hospital to deliver a baby, said Dr. Alfred DeMaria, the state’s director of communicable disease control. Investigators connected her to the milk after discovering that she had consumed 2 percent and whole milk made by Whittier.
The 31-year-old woman and her baby are both healthy, as is a 34-year-old woman whose illness was previously linked to the outbreak. That woman, though, suffered a miscarriage after exposure to the bacteria.
I have been getting blogged to death by the proponents of Raw Milk – as they say in pasteurization and politics – "if you can’t stand the heat, get out out of the kitchen." I’m staying. In any event, whatever the health benefits of RAW our mis-pasteurized whatever, there are risks as I have written on www.listeriablog.com:
Preventing Listeria infection
General recommendations include: thoroughly cook raw food from animal sources; keep uncooked meats separate from vegetables and from cooked and ready-to-eat foods; avoid unpasteurized (raw) milk or foods made from unpasteurized milk; wash hands, knives, and cutting boards after handling uncooked foods; wash raw vegetables thoroughly before eating; and consume perishable and ready-to-eat foods as soon as possible.
Recommendations for persons at high risk, such as pregnant women and persons with weakened immune systems, in addition to the recommendations listed above, include: do not eat hot dogs, luncheon or deli meats, unless they are reheated until steaming hot, and wash hands after handling those products; do not eat soft cheeses (such as feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined, or Mexican-style cheese), unless they have labels that clearly state they are made from pasteurized milk; and do not eat meat spreads or smoked seafood from the refrigerated or deli section of the store (canned or shelf-stable products may be eaten).