CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory: Rifampin/Penicillin-Resistant Strain of RB51 Brucella Contracted from Consumption of Raw Milk

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Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network
September 13, 2017, 1230 ET (12:30 PM ET)
CDCHAN-00407

Rifampin/Penicillin-Resistant Strain of RB51 Brucella Contracted from Consumption of Raw Milk

Summary
The Texas Department of State Health Services, with assistance from CDC, is investigating Brucella RB51 exposures and illnesses that may be connected to the purchase and consumption of raw (unpasteurized) milk from K-Bar Dairy in Paradise, Texas. Symptoms of brucellosis can include: fever, sweats, malaise, anorexia, headache, fatigue, muscle & joint pain, and potentially more serious complications (e.g., swelling of heart, liver, or spleen, neurologic symptoms).

Background
A person who drank raw milk from K-Bar Dairy in Paradise, Texas, has been hospitalized with brucellosis. Milk samples from the dairy have tested positive for a Brucella strain called RB51. People who consumed milk or milk products from this dairy from June 1, 2017, to August 7, 2017 are at an increased risk for brucellosis and should receive appropriate post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). They are advised to consult with their health care providers regarding PEP care and possible diagnostic testing. Please note: the incubation period for brucellosis can range from five days to six months.

Recommendations
Brucella strain RB51 is resistant to rifampin and penicillin. A combination of doxycycline and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole for 21 days is the recommended first-line PEP regimen for RB51 exposure. There is no serological test available to detect RB51 infection. Blood culture is the recommended diagnostic test for exposed symptomatic individuals. When ordering blood cultures to diagnose brucellosis, please advise the laboratory that blood culture may grow Brucella and that appropriate laboratory1 precautions should be observed. If brucellosis occurs despite prophylaxis, treatment regimens2 should be selected based on antimicrobial susceptibility results. Please see the diagram below for information on developing an evaluation and treatment plan for exposed patients. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult with their health care provider.

Treatment Decision Tree for Patients Who Were Exposed to (Consumed) Raw Milk/Raw Milk Products from
 K-Bar Dairy June 1, 2017 - August 7, 2017

Treatment Decision Tree for Patients Who Were Exposed to (Consumed) Raw Milk/Raw Milk Products from
 K-Bar Dairy June 1, 2017 - August 7, 2017


For More Information

Risks from Unpasteurized Dairy Products
https://www.cdc.gov/brucellosis/exposure/unpasteurized-dairy-products.html

Exposure to RB51 through Raw Milk or Milk Products: How to Reduce Risk of Infection
https://www.cdc.gov/brucellosis/clinicians/rb51-raw-milk.html

Symptoms of Brucellosis
https://www.cdc.gov/brucellosis/symptoms/index.html

Brucellosis and Expecting Mothers
https://www.cdc.gov/brucellosis/exposure/expecting-mothers.html

Raw Milk Questions and Answers
https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/rawmilk/raw-milk-questions-and-answers.html

CDC-INFO
https://www.cdc.gov/cdc-info/index.html or 1-800-232-4636

CDC Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
770-488-7100

Bacterial Special Pathogens Branch
bspb@cdc.gov or 404-639-1711


References

1Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories
https://www.cdc.gov/biosafety/publications/bmbl5/bmbl.pdf

2Treatment of Brucellosis (for alternative treatment guidance)

Brucellosis Reference Guide
https://www.cdc.gov/brucellosis/pdf/brucellosi-reference-guide.pdf

 


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