According to a press release from the Kansas Department of Agriculture, in January 2012, 18 people became ill in an outbreak of campylobacteriosis associated with consumption of raw milk from a dairy in south central Kansas. Although the number of ill people was significant and the risks associated with campylobacteriosis are high, the Department of Agriculture decided not to make this outbreak public, except for one sentence in a press release about the dangers of raw milk.
We contacted the Department of Agriculture about this, and they said the outbreak report was not final. So it seems that the Kansas Department of Agriculture has decided that consumers did not need to know the specific dairy in south central Kansas that made 18 people sick.We would like to hear from anyone who has purchased raw milk in that area. Leave a comment (below) letting us know if you would like to know the name of the dairy.
Campylobacteriosis is an infection caused by Campylobacter jejuni that affects the intestinal tract and, in rare cases, the bloodstream (sepsis). In some cases, campylobacteriosis can cause life-threatening illness, including:
- Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), the leading cause of acute paralysis in the United States
- Meningitis, inflammation of the lining of the spinal cord.