Another day, another update, and more people sick. The number ill in the campylobacter outbreak has now reportedly risen to 77:
Pennsylvania Department of Health officials said Thursday that the total number of cases continued to increase. The department has identified 67 cases in Pennsylvania, five in Maryland, two in New Jersey and three in West Virginia.
“This outbreak has now become the largest outbreak associated with raw milk in Pennsylvania in at least the past two decades,” health department spokeswoman Holli Senior wrote in an email.
Time to cue the comments denying that this (and other outbreaks) even exist. There is a debate to be had in balancing public health and consumer’s choices. That debate can’t start until those advocating for legality of raw milk confront the facts.