Alaska raw milk outbreak prompts advisory

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Raw milk is at the center of a Campylobacter outbreak that has sickened at least four people on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. Two more people, among them an infant, are suspected of having contracted Campylobacter infections.

Officials with the Alaska Division of Public Health and the Department of Environmental Conservation released a Health Advisory on Friday. It pointed to raw milk as the culprit of the outbreak.

A specific farm at the center of the outbreak has not been named, though officials have urged the public to contact state health officials if they have consumed raw milk in 2013 and subsequently developed a diarrheal illness. They also reiterated possible complications, such as arthritis and Guillain-Barré syndrome, that can develop in people with Campylobacter infections.

Read the release here.  

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report earlier this month naming raw milk as sending most people to the hospital. Read, “CDC warns against raw milk...again.” 

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