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Maryland Health Officials Confirm Presence of Campylobacter in Raw Milk

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Press says as many as 35 sick.

There was more evidence today that an outbreak of campylobacter illnesses was linked to the Family Cow dairy in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.  The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Laboratories Administration has confirmed the presence of Campylobacter jejuni in two unopened raw milk samples purchased from this farm.

MDHMH reports that there are now 23 confirmed outbreak-related campylobacteriosis cases: 4 in Maryland and 19 in Pennsylvania, all of whom consumed raw milk from The Family Cow Farm.

Raw milk has been connected in the past to other campylobacter outbreaks, as well as outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7.  For more information on the pros and cons of raw, or unpasteurized milk, see www.realrawmilkfacts.com