Dr. Ginocchio is the first voting member of PACCARB from the in vitro diagnostics industry.
While the debate continues over the dangers of unpasteurized milk, as well as the health claims made by proponents of these products, the controversy is particularly sharp in Tennessee and Montana, where state legislatures are deliberating proposed legislation on the legality of raw milk sales.
According to the CDC, an unknown number of people may have been exposed to RB51 from drinking the milk from a Pennsylvania dairy farm. This strain of Brucella is resistant to first-line drugs, specifically rifampin, one of the antibiotics that would typically be used to prevent or treat brucellosis.
Lack of resources for action against antimicrobial resistance could have an adverse impact worldwide. In 2017, the World Bank found that by 2050, annual global GDP could fall by up to 3.8% due to the effects of antimicrobial resistance. That 3.8% translates to over 3.4 trillion U.S. dollars in annual economic loss.