Campylobacter and E. coli Illnesses linked to Raw Goat Milk in Colorado


A growing outbreak of Campylobacter and E. coli illnesses in Colorado have been traced to the Billy Goat Dairy in Longmont. Boulder County Health officially originally listed a count of 16 ill, but raised it to 26 as more illnesses were confirmed. The dairy operated on a herd-share, and health officials are currently contacting all 43 households to check for illnesses and contaminated product. Two children had to be hospitalized, one has been released. Health officials are urging anyone who has consumed raw milk from Billy Goat Dairy, or been around anyone who fell ill after consuming it, contact the Boulder County Health Department for screening.

Raw milk does not go through the pasteurization process, which is designed to kill disease-causing bacteria like E. coli, Campylobacter, Salmonella, and Listeria. The growing interest in eating locally has come to include fresh-from-the-farm dairy products, without full information about the life-threatening illnesses that can result.

Bill Marler is a local foods supporter, but has spent considerable time and energy raising awareness of the dangers of raw milk. He partnered with the University of California-Davis and members of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) to produce the website RealRawMilkFacts.com, a source of science-based information on raw milk safety.

E. coli attorneys and Campylobacter attorneys at Marler Clark are experts at handling raw milk illness cases. If you have been sickened in the outbreak, the firm is available to answer any questions you might have about help with getting medical bills paid and work loss covered. You can call us at 866-770-2032 or fill out the contact form - there is no cost to you.

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