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Published On: Wed, Mar 6th, 2013

Alaska health officials report 24 campylobacter cases in latest outbreak

The number of cases of campylobacter linked to consuming tainted raw milk from a local dairy has risen to 24 cases, up from 21 cases reported less than a week ago, according to a KTVA 11 report Tuesday.

 

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The outbreak has been linked to raw milk products from a cow share program at the Peninsula Dairy on  Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.

“The bottom line for any operation that is providing raw milk,” Yablon said, “[is] there’s no way to make a sterile product… and that’s why, from a public health perspective, we encourage people if they’re going to drink milk, to just drink pasteurized milk’, according to Dr. Brian Yablon, an epidemiologist with the State of Alaska.

The 24 cases is up 6 cases from the last published Department of Epidemiology report two weeks ago.

State veterinarians visited the farm to take samples and said the farm owner is being cooperative with their investigation.

Campylobacter are bacteria that can cause diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal cramping/pain, nausea, vomiting, and fever within 2 to 5 days after exposure. The illness typically lasts from several days to over a week, with variable severity. Some people, especially young children or individuals with compromised immune systems, can develop severe or even life-threatening illness.

Infrequently, Campylobacter infection leads to long-term consequences. Some people with Campylobacter infection develop arthritis, and rarely, some develop a life-threatening disease called Guillain-Barré syndrome that inflames the nerves of the body beginning several weeks after the onset of diarrhea.

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