DOH Advisory: Brucella abortus RB51

Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) with assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified a New Jersey resident infected with Brucella abortus RB51 associated with consumption of raw (unpasteurized) milk. Brucella abortus RB51 is an attenuated vaccine stain of Brucella abortus used to vaccinate cattle to protect against brucellosis infection.

NJDOH also issued cease-and-desist orders to Udder Milk, a home delivery company that has illegally sold unpasteurized milk in New Jersey. Udder Milk products are also believed to have been illegally distributed in New York State via home delivery and drop off/pick-up locations in New York City and on Long Island. To date, there are no confirmed illnesses associated with RB51 in New York State. Unrelated cases of Brucella abortus RB51 associated with the consumption of raw milk were also reported in Texas in September. See the attached advisory for further details.


Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15