An E.coli O157:H7 outbreak in Missouri now has 14 confirmed cases, according to the latest update from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Seven of those who are ill reported drinking raw milk from the same farm in Howard County which has stopped selling raw dairy products. The Missouri Public Health Laboratory has analyzed eight food samples from the farm and all of them tested negative for E.coli.
State health officials are reminding consumers that drinking raw milk is an unnecessary health risk due to the harmful germs such as bacteria, viruses and parasites, it can contain. “The role of pasteurization is to eliminate disease‐causing germs that may have contaminated the milk and provide protection for consumers,” the reminder states.
The last time Missouri had an E.coli 0157:H7 outbreak linked to raw dairy was 2008 when raw goat’s mik sickened four people and hospitalized two, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The primary symptoms of an E.coli infection are abdominal cramps and diarrhea which is often bloody. In small children, a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) can develop. HUS causes kidney failure and treatment usually includes dialysis.
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