November 28, 2023

Utah Natural Meat and Milk Source of Campylobacter Outbreak

Utah Natural Meat and Milk has been identified as the source of the Campylobacter outbreak in that state that has sickened at least 14 people, according to news reports. The Utah Department of Health and Human Services and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food said that the pathogen came from that dairy that is located in West Jordan. According to the Salt Lake County Health Department, one patient was hospitalized but is recovering at home. The patient age range is from 2 to 73 years. At least 12 of those who are sick told public health officials that they drank raw milk purchased at that dairy before they started experiencing symptoms. And testing found Campylobacter bacteria in that dairy's raw milk that is the same genetic strain as the bacteria that made people … [Read more...]

Provider Farms Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak in Idaho

A Provider Farms raw milk Campylobacter outbreak in Idaho has sickened five people in Ada County, according to the Central District Health office. Three of those five people have tested positive for campylobacteriosis, a bacterial infection. They reported drinking raw milk that was produced by Provider Farms in Mountain Home before they got sick. There is no mention about whether or not any of these patients have been hospitalized. The outbreak was identified on September 20, 2023, when those patients were diagnosed. Officials from the Central Health District are collaborating with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare on the investigation into this outbreak. Public health officials are interviewing patients and are collecting … [Read more...]

Utah Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak Sickens 14; 1 Hospitalized

A Utah raw milk Campylobacter outbreak has sickened at least 14 people with one person hospitalized, according to the Salt Lake County Health Department. Ten of those patients who live in that county have been diagnosed with campylobacteriosis. And there are another four people in other areas of the state who are also sick. Eight of those 10 patients who live in Salt Lake County confirmed that they drank raw milk before they got sick. And all of the patients who live elsewhere in the state confirmed they drank raw milk before illness onset. The patient age range is from 2 to 73 years. One person was hospitalized, and is now recovering at home. The source of the raw milk that caused these illnesses remains under investigation. There have been many outbreaks linked to raw milk … [Read more...]

Alleged Campylobacter Outbreak at Trade Winds Bar & Grill in Kansas

An alleged Campylobacter outbreak at Trade Winds Bar & Grill in Garnett, Kansas has sickened an unnamed number of patrons, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department (SEKMCHD). This outbreak investigation is in the preliminary stages. Anyone who visited that restaurant between July 14, 2023 and August 9, 2023 and is experiencing the symptoms of a Campylobacter infection should take a survey the health department has posted to aid in the investigation. If you live in Anderson County and do not have access to a computer to complete this survey, call the SEKMCHD at (785) 448-6559. If you live outside of Anderson County and don't have a computer for the survey, call KDHE's Epidemiology Hotline at … [Read more...]

Dove Song Dairy Raw Goat Milk Investigated in PA Campylobacter Outbreak

Dove Song Dairy raw goat milk is being investigated in a Pennsylvania  Campylobacter outbreak, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health. Three people are sick with Campylobacter infections after allegedly drinking the milk. Officials are warning that consumers should immediately discard any raw goat milk they purchased from that dairy. All sell by dates of this milk are included in this recall. Raw milk samples tested by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture were presumptively positive for Campylobacter. Dove Song Dairy raw goat milk was sold in plastic containers of different sizes, including gallon, half gallon, quart, and pint, at these locations: In Berks County, at Dove Song Dairy at 108 Siegfried Road in Bernville; Multiple … [Read more...]

Montana Raw Water Campylobacter Outbreak Linked to Bird’s Nest

A Montana raw water Campylobacter outbreak in 2022 has been linked to a bird's nest in a concrete cache from Kennedy Creek, according to ARS Technica. Nineteen people were sickened in that outbreak, and one person was hospitalized. The water was untreated, taken from a concrete box that siphoned off water from the creek located near Paradise, Montana. Officials believe that the box was build in the early 1900s to stop erosion from a railroad track bed. Officials found an empty bird's nest inside the box, which was the likely source of the pathogen. Campylobacter was found in the water. Whole genome sequencing showed that the bacteria in the water was a match to isolates from patients sickened in this outbreak. The box was posted saying that the water was not safe to drink. The … [Read more...]

Oklahoma Campylobacter and E. coli Outbreak Sickens Residents

An Oklahoma Campylobacter and E. coli outbreak has sickened residents in several cities, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (ODSH). This outbreak was originally identified on October 25, 2022 in Hydro county, especially the city of Weatherford, but OSDH and local county health departments have been working with other partners to conduct tests and found more patients. No possible cause of these illnesses has been named. Public health officials are asking residents of Custer county and Hydro, Hinton, and Lookeba residents to fill out a survey, which is being shared through the local Emergency Alert System. They hope that this information will help find more patients who may not have been to a doctor, as well as get information about difference in activities between … [Read more...]

Possible Campylobacter Outbreak in Brooklyn, NY Sickens 50

A possible Campylobacter outbreak in Brooklyn, New York has sickened about 50 people, according to news reports. Not much more information is available about the possible outbreak. About 50 cases have been reported to public health officials since the beginning of October. Campylobacter typically sickens about 1.5 million Americans every year. The multiplier for Campylobacter outbreaks is 30.3. Public health officials use this number to estimate the actual number of patients in this type of outbreak, since so many cases are unreported. Many people do not see a doctor so are not diagnosed. So there could be 1500 people sick. In the past, Campylobacter infections and outbreaks have been associated with or linked to creek water, municipal water supplies, raw milk, restaurants, … [Read more...]

Possible Campylobacter Outbreak in McHenry County, Illinois

A possible Campylobacter outbreak in McHenry County, Illinois has sickened at least eight people, according to a McHenry County press release. Patients got sick between August 17 and August 30, 2022. That number is four times more cases compared to the previous two weeks, and more than three times more cases in August compared to July 2022. No common source of infection has been identified at this time. Although Campylobacter is the most common cause of diarrhea in the United States, outbreaks, which are defined as two or more unrelated people sickened by the same bacterial strain, from this pathogen are relatively rare. In 2021, there was a Campylobacter outbreak in Washington state linked to Dungeness Creamery raw milk that sickened at least five people. And in 2020, a … [Read more...]

Montana Campylobacter Outbreak Linked to Kennedy Creek Water

A Montana Campylobacter outbreak is linked to the Kennedy Creek watering point, according to Sanders County Environmental Health. About 20 people have been confirmed with this illness in an outbreak that occurred in mid May 2022. Eighteen of those patients consumed water from the Kennedy Creek watering point over a period of about two to three weeks during late April and early May 2022. Thirteen of those patients have seen a healthcare provider; all tested positive for Campylobacter. One linked case was also reported in Flathead County. A water sample was taken from the creek's discharge point, and it tested positive for Campylobacter. As of Friday, June 3, 2022, the state laboratory has matched clinical and water sample specimens through whole genome sequencing. Kennedy Creek … [Read more...]

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