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Risks from Unpasteurized Dairy Products

block of cheeseUnpasteurized cheeses (sometimes called "village cheeses") from areas at increased risk for brucellosis may represent a particular risk for tourists.

Developing countries often do not have safeguards that can help prevent or monitor possible outbreaks, such as pasteurization laws, animal control/slaughter regulations, and brucellosis surveillance programs.

When traveling in these areas, some people may unknowingly consume unpasteurized dairy products. People from the U.S. who travel to these areas should:

  • recognize that milk and dairy products may not be pasteurized and could be unsafe to consume.
  • only consume meat products which are thoroughly cooked, since many countries cannot ensure brucellosis-free meat products.
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