31 Individuals Tied to January/February Bacterial Outbreak

We reported that the Alaska Health Department investigated an outbreak in Campylobacter across the Kenai Peninsula, which state health officials believe was related to the consumption of raw milk.

According the figures released by the state health department, in total, 31 cases were identified during the investigation in January and February.

Persons ranged in age from 7 months to 72 years, with the median age of 10-years-old.

The report also noted that three children and one adult developed reactive arthritis lasting a minimum of 6 weeks. Two people were hospitalized.

Dr. Brian Yablon said that all ill persons were Kenai Peninsula residents who either personally consumed raw milk within 10 days of illness onset, or had close household contact with a person who met the case definition.

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