October 1, 2016

Campylobacter Outbreak in Pueblo County CO Linked to Raw Milk

A Campylobacter outbreak in Pueblo County, Colorado has sickened at least 20 people, according to news releases from El Paso County Public Health and the Pueblo City-County Department of Public Health. Twelve confirmed and eight probable cases of Campylobacter infections have been reported to public health officials since August 1, 2016. The most recent illness onset date was September 16, 2016. All of those sickened reported drinking raw milk from Larga Vista Ranch in Pueblo County. All of those case patients live in Pueblo and El Paso counties. The state health department has notified about 175 people who are participants in the Larga Vista cow share operation on September 8, 2016 about this problem and are doing so again today. These types of operations let people buy a share … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Outbreak and Raw Milk Consumption in Utah, 2014

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a report about the 2014 outbreak of Campylobacter infections in Utah associated with raw milk consumption. In May 2014, the Utah Public Health Laboratory (UPHL) notified the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) that three patients tested positive for Campylobacter jejuni infections that had the same pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) patterns. All three patients had consumed raw milk from "dairy A." This facility was identified as Ropelato Dairy in Ogden, Utah at the time. Raw milk sales are legal in Utah from the farm to the consumer with a sales permit. These dairies must submit monthly milk samples to the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) for somatic cell and coliform counts. Coliform counts indicate the … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Infections Rise in EU for Sixth Straight Year

The number of reported cases of campylobacteriosis in the European Union rose for the sixth straight year in 2014, according to the latest annual report by European Food Safety Authority and European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC). In 2014, Campylobacter was the most commonly reported source of food poisoning bacteria in the European Union. There were 236,851 cases reported, a 9.6 percent increase from 2013.  It was the sixth straight year that the number of confirmed cases rose. Campylobacter is bacteria that is transferred via the fecal-oral route, meaning those who develop Campylobacter infections have ingested microscopic amounts of animal feces. In the E.U., most cases were associated with broiler chicken meat. Of 6,703 samples of fresh broiler meat … [Read more...]

Campylobacter E. coli Raw Milk Outbreak Ends With 12 Sick in Idaho

Idaho health officials believe a raw milk outbreak that began in early October has ended after sickening 12 people. Two people were hospitalized. Four people who drank raw milk from Natural Farm Fresh Dairy in Kuna developed E. coli O157: H7 infections and four people developed Campylobacter infections. Four others had symptoms consistent with food poisoning. The Campylobacter and E. coli cases, in Ada and Canyon counties, were reported by the Idaho Department of Health on October 20. No new illness have been reported in 10 days. The Idaho Department of Agriculture did not find bacteria in the milk it tested. However, milk it tested was not from the batch that made people sick.  Agriculture officials inspected the dairy Tuesday morning. The dairy, which suspended operations during … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Suspected in E. coli And Campylobacter Illnesses in Idaho

Raw milk from Natural Farm Fresh Dairy of Kuna, Idaho is the suspected as the source of four Campylobacter infections and four E. coli O157:H7 infections, Idaho health officials say. They are warning consumers who have raw milk from the dairy not to drink it. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's Southwest and Central Districts are working on the outbreak investigation with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture. The dairy is fully cooperating with the investigation. Raw milk is a common source of food poisoning. In 2013, 85 percent of dairy outbreaks were attributed to unpasteurized milk products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "People should inform themselves of possible health risks before consuming raw, unpasteurized dairy products … [Read more...]

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