A Campylobacter outbreak associated with raw mik produced by Dennis Jaloszyski dairy farm near Cambridge, MN has sickened at least six people, according to state health officials. Three of the cases have been confirmed by laboratory testing, according to epidemiologists with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). During interviews, patients reported drinking mik from the farm before becoming ill.
Inspectors from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture visited the farm to determine how many customers had purchased the milk. The owner did not have a customer list, so health officials issued a consumer advisory. Anyone who purchased or received raw milk from this farm should not drink it.
"We're concerned that people may be continuing to get sick after consuming products from this farm," said Trisha Robinson, a foodborne illness epidemiologist with MDH. Symptoms of Campylobacter infection include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, malaise and diarrhea that is sometimes bloody. Onset of illness usually begins two to five days after exposure. In some cases, complications such as reactive arthritis or Guillain Barré syndrome, which causes sudden onset of paralysis, can develop.
Anyone who thinks they may have become ill with Campylobacter should contact their health care provider. Anyone with legal questions about an illness associated with this outbreak should contact the food safety attorneys at PritzkerOlsen. They can be reached online or by calling toll free 1 (888) 377-8900.