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Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium AND E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Oregon Raw Milk Farm

RealRawMilkFacts.jpgLynne Terry (a.k.a., the raw milk lady) reports today that Oregon health officials suspect two more illnesses are part of a raw milk outbreak traced nearly three weeks ago to a farm near Wilsonville.

William Keene, senior epidemiologist with Oregon Public Health, said the two adults had both consumed raw milk from Foundation Farm, including one person who continued to drink it after being warned about the outbreak.

Keene said one was sickened by campylobacter, the other by cryptosporidium, making 21 likely cases in the outbreak. Nineteen others were infected with E. coli.

  • E. coli O157:H7 was on rectal swabs from two of the farm’s four cows.
  • Milk and manure from the farm also tested positive for the same bacteria.

Sad News

Accordning to Lynne, four children who drank the milk were hospitalized with acute kidney failure – hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is associated with E. coli O157:H7. Two of the patients — 14 and 13 — are Portland area middle schoolers. The others are 3 and 1 years old.

For more information on the risks of raw milk, see www.realrawmilkfacts.com.

  • Paul F Schwarz

    It is a shame that these children will have to pay for their parents actions! Did the parents realize the potential danger they were submitting their children to? I suspect that they did not, but that is no excuse. They should have known the dangers of consuming raw milk!
    Paul A Schwarz Jr
    Section 51 Row 1 Grave 3 Ft Leavenworth/Leavenworth National Cemetery

  • http://www.consoleandhollawell.com Rick H

    Paul, I couldn’t agree with you more! Parents shouldn’t subject their children to potential harms. I would love to be updated on this story, specially on how the children are doing.