Mexican soft cheese from street vendors causes Salmonellosis in California, USA

In the past 3 months, at least 50 people have been infected with Salmonella bacteria after consuming Mexican style soft cheese made with unpasteurized milk. The cheese is sold be street vendors. Some of the infected people have been hospitalized.

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Advice For Travellers

Public health authorities are advising the public to avoid purchasing this product from street vendors. Infections with salmonella bacteria can cause a gastro-intestinal illness (fever, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps) that can be mild and self-limiting to severe. Most people recover within 4 to 7 days without any special treatment other than fluids to prevent dehydration.

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