Consumers who have Les Freres cheese made by Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics cheese in their refrigerator are advised to throw it away.
The cheese has been linked to several cases of Listeriosis nationwide, including a case in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The affected cheeses include: Les Freres, Petit Frere, and Petit Frere with Truffles.
"Listeriosis infection can cause serious illness, particularly to vulnerable populations including newborns, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems," said Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Symptoms of infections include: Fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. Symptoms often begin three weeks after infection, but can take anywhere from three to 70 days.
Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness; however, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage or stillbirth, premature delivery, or infection of the newborn.
Approximately 25 to 35 cases of Listeriosis are reported in Illinois each year, according to the state health department.