PA Health Officials Confirm 35 Cases of Raw Milk Illness
(CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.) — Thirty-five people across four states have been sickened by the same raw milk Pennsylvania health officials confirmed Friday, according to reports.
The Pennsylvania Health Department issued a health advisory last week recommending consumers discard any raw milk produced by The Family Cow farm since Jan. 1. At the time, there were six confirmed cases of Campylobacter infection.
The farm has suspended raw milk production and the Department of Agriculture is testing samples.
Campylobacter infection is one of the most common forms of gastroenteritis, which typically causes vomiting and diarrhea. Approximately 1,300 cases of the infection are reported each year in Pennsylvania. Raw milk is unpasteurized milk, which the FDA says can contain harmful bacteria.
28 cases were reported in Pennsylvania, and the seven other cases were among residents of Maryland, West Virginia, and New Jersey.
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