Raw milk produced by Stroupe Farm in Howard County Missouri is now the focus on an investigation into an E.coli outbreak that has sickened 12 people, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Missouri health officials had previously reported that 15 people were part of the outbreak, but now believe that, based on lab results, geographic location and case histories, three of those individuals are not part of the same outbreak as the other 12.
Of the 12 outbreak victims with confirmed cases of E. coli 0157:H7 infections, eight reported drinking raw milk or products made with raw milk from Stroupe Farm before they became ill. Milk and environmental samples taken from the farm have all tested negative for E.coli and the farm has ended sales of raw dairy products.
An investigation into the outbreak is ongoing and Missouri health officials continue to remind consumers that drinking raw milk is an unnecessary health risk.