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Raw Milk Outbreak Sickens Eight Children

Chris Brunner, November 7, 2013

ChilddrinkingmilkThe Tennessee Department of Health reports at least eight cases of illness among children in East Tennessee are likely related to drinking “raw” or unpasteurized milk. Their investigation has identified a specific type of Escherichia coli O157 as the cause of at least three of the illnesses. The health department also reports that in addition to Escherichia coli O157, other harmful bacteria that can be found in unpasteurized milk from cows, goats and other mammals include Salmonella and Campylobacter. Complications from drinking these pathogens include diarrheal disease; Guillain-Barre syndrome, leading to paralysis; and Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, which causes kidney failure.    View complete report from the Tennessee Department of Health.