State health officials are advising people to avoid eating unpasteurized cheese curds produced by Wesley Lindquist of Highbridge in Ashland County.
The cheese curds have been connected to an outbreak of campylobacter jejuni, a form of food poisoning. More than 40 people have become ill with symptoms including nausea, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, fever and vomiting after eating the unpasteurized white cheese curds. Most started to become ill between May 24 and June 2.
People experiencing these symptoms who recently consumed unpasteurized milk or dairy products should contact their health care providers and notify the Ashland County Health Department. It is illegal to sell or distribute unpasteurized dairy products in Wisconsin.