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INTERNATIONAL: Tuberculosis spreading through cheese and other dairy products


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cowsCNN – In 2014, an estimated 9.6 million people were infected by tuberculosis, according to the World Health Organization. Potentially fatal — 1.5 million died from it the same year — it is a disease known to be spread from human to human. But a subset of those contracting the disease today are getting it from infected animals.

Unbeknownst to many, tuberculosis can spread through your food, as well as the air, via infected animals.

The most common culprits? Infected cattle. The most common source? Their infected food products, such as milk and cheese.

Cows and many other animals can harbor bovine tuberculosis (TB), a disease caused by infection with Mycobacterium bovis — a close relative of the bacteria that cause human tuberculosis. Risk of human disease rises when animal infections aren’t controlled.

The highest rates of bovine TB cases in the United States are found along the U.S.- Mexican border, according to Colleen Scott, Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


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  1. Like really thanks WHO for the info seems like you're useless to me because you should be protecting us from such events but it seems like you're just reporting it. This world we live in is sick

  2. AA. Like I will have to boil my cheese before I eat it or spread it on hot bread in the hope that the heat will kill the TB germs.


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