Six people have been infected with Campylobacteriosis in an outbreak linked to raw milk from the Family Cow dairy store in Chambersburg. Three cases of campylobacteris have been reported in Pennsylvania and three in Maryland. All six infected individuals drank unpasteurized milk from the Family Cow dairy.
Campylobacteriosis is an infectious disease caused by the Campylobacter bacteria. Most people who become ill with campylobacteriosis get diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever within two to five days after exposure to the organism. The illness typically lasts one week. Some infected persons do not have any symptoms. In persons with compromised immune systems, Campylobacter occasionally spreads to the bloodstream and causes a serious life-threatening infection.
The Family Cow dairy sells directly to consumers at its on-farm retail store and at several drop-off locations. The dairy also sells to retail stores in nine Pennsylvania counties, which include Bucks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Lebanon, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York.
Both the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Maryland Health Department, recommend that consumers discard raw milk purchased since January 1, 2012, from the farm. The milk is labeled “raw milk” and is sold under the “Your Family Cow” label in plastic gallon, half gallon, quart and pint containers. Further information about “raw” or unpasteurized milk can be found by visiting the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/rawmilk/raw-milk-index.html.
Campylobacteriosis Reference Source: CDC
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