Lynne 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.
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.
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