Minnesota state health and agriculture officials reported Tuesday at least six illnesses have arisen from dairy products consumed from the Dennis Jaloszyski dairy farm near Cambridge, Minn.
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says the illnesses include three people with laboratory confirmation of a bacterium called Campylobacter jejuni.
Anyone who may have purchased or received raw milk from this farm should not drink it but should throw it away.
"While we are very concerned about the illnesses associated with this farm, this also is about the inherent risk for foodborne illness from any raw milk consumption," MDH foodborne illness epidemiologist Trisha Robinson said. "Drinking raw milk or eating products made from raw milk can expose you to a variety of pathogens that can result in anything from a few days of diarrhea to kidney failure and death. People need to think carefully about those risks before consuming raw dairy products from any source, and people need to know that the risks are especially high for young children."
Common symptoms of Campylobacter infection include: Fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, malaise and vomiting.
Symptoms often begin 2-5 days after consumption of contaminated food. Symptoms last for about a week in most people but can last for up to three weeks in 20 percent of cases.
The infection can result in complications such as arthritis and Guillain Barré syndrome, which is characterized by sudden onset of paralysis.
Anyone who believes they may have become ill with Campylobacter should contact their health care provider.