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    Tainted Cheese Fuels TB Rise in California
    Immigration; Posted on: 2008-06-05 17:32:52 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    TB Threat in Silicon Valley

    Illegal Immigration Tuberculosis Crisis

    TB or Not TB

    A rare form of tuberculosis caused by illegal, unpasteurized dairy products, including the popular queso fresco cheese, is rising among Hispanic immigrants in Southern California and raising fears about a resurgence of a strain all but eradicated in the U.S.

    Cases of the Mycobacterium bovis strain of TB have increased in San Diego county, particularly among children who drink or eat dairy foods made from the milk of infected cattle, a study in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases shows.

    But the germ can infect anyone who eats contaminated fresh cheeses sold by street vendors, smuggled across the Mexican border or produced by families who try to make a living selling so-called “bathtub cheese” made in home tubs and backyard troughs.

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    News Source: msnbc

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