April 24, 2018

Raw Milk May Have Sickened Three in Wisconsin with E. coli

Amy Wergin, the Public Health Nurse Manager of the Manitowoc County Health Department in Wisconsin confirmed to Food Poisoning Bulletin that three people are now ill in an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. In mid-April, two cases were reported with the same DNA fingerprint. Raw milk is suspected as being the source of the pathogenic bacteria.

The three patients live in Manitowoc County. Two of the patients are related: a child and mother. The illnesses occurred in March. Public health officials are testing milk from the dairy that is suspected. No more information will be released until a link is proven.

E. coli O157:H7 is a Shiga toxin-producing bacteria that can cause hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) that can destroy the kidneys. Symptoms of an E. coli infection include severe stomach and abdominal cramps, vomiting, nausea, watery and/or bloody diarrhea, and a mild fever. The very young, elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to develop complications from this infection. Most people contract this infection from raw or undercooked meat, unpasteurized milk or cheese, or contaminated produce.

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