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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 27, 2018

Drug-Resistant Infections from Raw Milk

JAMA. 2018;319(12):1191. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.2363

At least a dozen people in Colorado developed drug-resistant Campylobacter jejuni infections after drinking unpasteurized milk from a herd-share program, according to a recent CDC report on a 2016 outbreak. Although the sale of raw milk is illegal, Colorado and some other states do not regulate herd-share programs, which distribute unpasteurized milk to subscribers.

In August 2016, local Colorado public health officials confirmed 2 C jejuni infections in individuals who consumed raw milk from the same herd-share program. They alerted state public health authorities who investigated the outbreak and identified 12 confirmed and 5 probable cases of C jejuni infections in individuals who drank milk from the program. There were no deaths, but one person was hospitalized.

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