Alaska food poisoning scientists have tracked a second 2013 Campylobacter outbreak to the same Kenai Peninsula raw milk cow share program that was linked to a major outbreak involving the same pathogen earlier this year. The latest wave of illness is outlined in a public health advisory from the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services. Public Health division workers received two reports of Campylobacter infections this month from people who had consumed raw milk from Peninsula Dairy. The DNA fingerprint of the outbreak strain of Campylobacter jejuni was an identical match to Campylobacter bacteria found in a cow manure sample taken from the farm in February.
Now three other persons have also been identified as having developed acute diarrheal illness within 10 days after consuming raw milk from Peninsula Dairy in May. The first outbreak sickened 31 people ranging from 7 months old to 72 years old and four of those victims developed reactive arthritis, a painful form of inflammatory arthritis that sometimes occurs in reaction to a bacterial infection and can persist for up to 12 months. These cases underscore the fact that Campylobacter infection can lead to prolonged adverse health consequences.
The Bad Bug Law Team at Pritzker Olsen Attorneys represents victims of raw milk outbreaks in an attempt to help them recover financially from the harms of bacterial infection. Our firm has closely monitored Alaska Public Health data with regard to the dairy in question and is continuing to accept cases from those who have been sickened. For a no-obligation case review, contact a lawyer on the team or call toll-free at 1-888-377-8900. Food poisoning lawyers from our firm, including founder and president Fred Pritzker, are actively involved in various efforts to stop the spread of contamination in the U.S. food supply and Mr. Pritzker is a frequent guest speaker on foodborne illness in front of national and international audiences.