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Outbreak of Campylobacter Linked to Family Cow Raw Milk, April-May 2013

On May 29, 2013 the Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Health advised consumers to discard raw milk produced by The Family Cow in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania because of potential contamination. The Department of Health confirmed 6 cases of laboratory confirmed cases of campylobacter in people who consumed milk from the farm. There were two probable case patients. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture collected samples of raw milk on May 17, 2013. Positive tests for campylobacter were confirmed on May 28, 2013. The Family Cow sells directly to consumers in an on-farm retail store and at drop off locations and retail stores around Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and the Lehigh Valley, as well as south-central Pennsylvania. The Department of Agriculture ordered the owners of the farm to stop the sale of raw milk until further notice. In January 2012 milk produced by The Family Cow was the source of a multi-state outbreak of campylobacter involving 80 patients.

  • Outbreak began:
  • April 2013
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Pennsylvania
  • Organism(s):
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Dairy, milk, unpasteurized, raw milk
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Private Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • The Family Cow
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 8
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 6
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 2
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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