78 Illnesses Linked to Pennsylvania Dairy’s Raw Milk

February 28, 2012

State health officials say 78 bacterial infections have been linked to a central Pennsylvania dairy, making it the worst illness outbreak related to raw milk in the state’s history.

Officials say 68 cases of campylobacter bacteria linked to unpasteurized milk from The Family Cow dairy have been reported in Pennsylvania with five in Maryland, three in West Virginia and two in New Jersey.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reports nine people had to be hospitalized for their illnesses.

The Franklin County began selling milk again on Feb. 6 after being cleared by the state’s Department of Agriculture. The dairy owner says a new lab is being built and milk tested daily.

Seventy-two people were sickened by raw milk from a Lancaster County dairy in 2008.

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