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.
With vaccine hesitancy recently cited by the World Health Organization as one of the leading threats to global health, it’s hard to overemphasize the benefits of preventative vaccines, especially among children.
If geography truly is destiny, this saying was never more true than during the influenza pandemic of 1918. Where you lived often determined if you survived, with high fatality rates in large cities, overcrowded military bases, and the congested refugee camps that housed the displaced during World War 1.