Hispanic-Style Cheese Linked to One Death; 3 Infants Hospitalized

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Federal health officials were warning consumers Friday about a deadly strain of Listeria found in a type of Hispanic-style cheese that has been linked to at least one fatality in California.


A deadly strain of Listeria is linked to Hispanic-style cheese that has resulted in one fatality in California. (Credit: CDC)

Seven other people infected with the strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported in Maryland, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Three of those hospitalized were newborns.  The mothers of two of the infants were also ill, the CDC said.

The Maryland victims told investigators they consumed the same soft or semi-soft cheese known as Caujada en Terron about a month before symptoms appeared, the CDC said.

Health officials said the cheese was likely produced by Roos Foods and was later repackaged for sale to the public.

Roos Foods cheese was sold under brand names Santa Rosa de Lima, Amigo, Mexicana, Suyapa, La Chapina, and La Purisima Crema Nica.