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Kenai Peninsula infection tied to raw milk on the rise

Posted: February 23, 2013 - 9:30pm  |  Updated: February 25, 2013 - 9:40am

The number of residents sick from an infection tied to raw-milk consumption has jumped in a week from four to 18 cases on the Kenai Peninsula, according to a state department of health press release.

Two of the illnesses have required hospitalization and the department expects the number of confirmed infection cases to rise, according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Section of Epidemiology document.

The infection, campylobacter, can cause diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and fever after two to five days of consuming raw milk and can last for longer than a week.

The illness, caused from fecal contamination of the cow’s raw milk, can threaten the lives of young children and those with compromised immune systems, according to the document.

All cases have been tied to a Peninsula-based dairy farm that operates a cow-share program. The farm distributes to the Peninsula, Anchorage and Sitka.

In a 2011 outbreak, 18 people reported illness of campylobacter that was eventually traced to a Mat-Su valley farm. Other sources of campylobacter include consumption of under-cooked meat, consumption of food or water cross-contaminated by raw meat or from contact with the feces of infected animals. Humans can also spread the sickness to each other.

The department asks that anyone experiencing stomach pains, diarrhea or a fever since January to call the department’s Section of Epidemiology at 907-269-8000 and request a member of the epidemiology team.

— Staff Report

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shadowmt
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shadowmt 02/24/13 - 10:25 am
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no more secrets

If a farm is selling bad milk at least let the people know. Not all farms sell bad milk. It does no good to not let the people know what farm this is. My family has been drinking raw milk for many, many years but I know the farmer personally and how they run the milk house. Nothing is kept secret and no one has ever gotten sick.

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jlmh 02/24/13 - 03:09 pm
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If 18 more people got sick

If 18 more people got sick this week, then they obviously did not warn the other share-holders. So what farm is it?

shadowmt
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shadowmt 02/26/13 - 01:24 pm
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wake up clarion

Are you people waiting for more people to get sick before you reveal the name of the farm responsible?

Candi1777
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Candi1777 03/01/13 - 10:59 am
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Smells fishy to me!

It is Peninsula Dairy, owned by Kevin Byers. A google search shows the 2011 outbreak in the Valley was from Byers Dairy in Point Mackenzie, owned by Gareth Byers. There is another article stating Kevin and Gareth are brothers. I would like to know where this farm is here on the peninsula.

http://articles.ktuu.com/2011-07-08/raw-milk_29754042

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