Two Dozen Now Sickened in AK Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak
Food Safety News
By News Desk | March 6, 2013
The number of people sickened with Campylobacter infections linked to raw milk in Alaska has now risen from 18 to 24, reported health officials this week, according to news channel KTVA 11.
Two patients have been hospitalized as a result of their infections, according to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology (SOE). One of the victims is an infant who contracted a secondary infection, and did not drink the raw milk directly.
The bacteria has been traced to a cow share program on the Kenai Peninsula.
The milk was distributed to shareholders throughout the Kenai Peninsula, in Anchorage, and in Sitka, according to a February 22 press release from the SOE.
The last Campylobacter outbreak traced to raw milk in Alaska was in 2011. A total of 18 people were sickened from that milk, also produced by a cow share program.