Over at Outbreak Database, we have been keeping track of foodborne illness outbreaks – small and large – over the last 12 months. Here are some of the more interesting Campylobacter Outbreaks:
Jerry Dell Farm Unpasteurized, Raw Milk September 2011 – 2 Ill. At least two people became ill due to Campylobacteriosis after drinking raw milk. Jerry Dell Farm in Freeville, New York had produced the milk. The farm had an agricultural permit to sell raw milk at the farm. The milk was confirmed to be contaminated with Campylobacter.
Matanuska-Suisitna Valley Cow Share Program Raw Milk May 2011 – 18 Ill. An outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni was linked to the consumption of raw milk obtained through a cow share program in southeast Alaska. In Alaska, regulations did not allow the sale of raw milk; however owning shares of a cow to obtain milk was permissible. Campylobacter was not isolated from milk, but was isolated from manure samples collected at the dairy farm. Coincidentally Listeria was isolated, but no human illness had been attributed to this pathogen.