N. Carolina Raw Milk Campylobacter Outbreak
Federal and local health officials are investigating at least eight cases of campylobacteriosis associated with raw milk produced by Tucker Adkins Dairy in York, South Carolina. According to the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) three people have been confirmed ill and five other cases are probably related to this outbreak.
Though it is legal to drink raw milk, it is against federal regulations to sell raw milk across state lines. In North Carolina raw milk is often distributed through private milk clubs. Victims in this outbreak have reported receiving deliveries of raw milk twice a month via a South Carolina courier.
Campylobacter Infection and Symptoms
A Campylobacter jejuni is one of the most common bacteria that causes gastrointestinal illness in humans. Typically people with a Campylobacter infection will experience diarrhea that is often bloody. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache, muscle pain. Normally symptoms dissipate after about one week, though in severe cases long-term consequences such as Gullian-Barre syndrome may occur. Gullian-Barre syndrome is the leading cause of acute generalized paralysis.
Raw, or unpasteurized, milk is milk that has not undergone heat treatment designed to kill potential foodborne illnesses. A controversial topic, raw milk enthusiasts purport many benefits of drinking raw milk while the FDA warns against it. There have been at least 38 Campylobacter outbreaks and/or recalls associated with raw milk since 2000.
Contact the Marler Clark Campylobacter Attorneys
If you or a family member became ill with a Campylobacter infection after consuming contaminated food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, you can contact the Marler Clark Campylobacter lawyers for a free case evaluation. Marler Clark is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Campylobacter outbreaks and other foodborne illnesses. The law firm has represented thousands of victims of foodborne illness infections, and is the only firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Fill out the contact form or call toll-free at 866-770-2032 for a free case evaluation.