June 21, 2021

More Campylobacter cases associated with consuming raw milk seen in Idaho, US



Health officials in Idaho, the United States, are witnessing rising cases of Campylobacter linked to the consumption of unpasteurised, raw milk.


Eastern Idaho Public Health issued a public notice reminding consumers of "inherent risks" of consuming unpasteurised, raw milk and raw milk products such as cheese and yogurt.


"Consuming raw, unpasteurised dairy products increase the risk of foodborne illnesses including Campylobacter, E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria," according to the department's notice.


Idaho's health department is working in conjunction with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) in educating dairy operators and the public about the inherent risks of consuming raw dairy products, including milk.


Campylobacter is often found in unpasteurised, raw dairy products and is the most common bacterial cause of diarrheal illness in the US, according to the health department.



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