Healthcare New bacterial outbreak in China infects thousands; here are its symptoms, complications and precautions Updated : September 18, 2020 02:17 PM IST However, CDC reiterated, human-to-human transmission is rare and most people are infected by eating contaminated food or breathing the bacteria. 3245 people have contracted the disease, while 1,401 have tested preliminarily positive, however, so far, no casualties have been reported. This infection is usually caused by drinking unpasteurized milk or by coming in direct contact with livestock. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.