Franklin County, Pennsylvania, accounts for half of the 36 Pennsylvania Campylobacter illnesses that are so far linked to an outbreak associated with raw milk from a dairy farm in the county seat of Chambersburg. Franklin County is the No. 2 dairy producing county in Pennsylvania and it includes the towns of Mercersburg, Green Castle, Waynesboro and Shippensburg.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health said late Monday in its latest update on the outbreak that Maryland, New Jersey and West Virginia also have detected illnesses from the outbreak strain of Campylobacter, a pathogen that can lead to respiratory failure and acute muscular paralysis. In all, there were 43 confirmed cases when the state issued its report. Investigators believe more cases will be reported in the coming days.
A public health laboratory in Maryland confirmed last week that two unopened containers of raw milk from The Family Cow dairy in Franklin County contained the bacteria Campylobacter jejuni. And many of the outbreak patients told investigators they had consumed raw milk from The Family Cow before getting ill.
The outbreak and its cause are under investigation by national food safety law firm PritzkerOlsen, P.A., Fred Pritzker, the firm's president and founder, currently represents a Pennsylvania family in a raw milk Campylobacter lawsuit. He can be contacted via the Web or by calling 1-888-377-8900 (Toll Free). Our legal group has won millions for victims of food poisoning while also actively working in various campaigns to defeat foodborne illness.