Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Food Illness Outbreaks

Christine H.
New Mexico parasite infection outbreak linked to raw milk-

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A news report last year documented two siblings cryptosporidiosis associated with raw milk consumption, a state is blaming an invasion of the microscopic parasites on raw milk. Since August 31, New Mexico has reported six new cases of “crypto”. All of the infected people all live in the same area and all they they have drank this raw milk before. All raw milk that has not been pasteurized and that has not gone through a heating process has the potential to become dangerous. The Crypto parasite is protected by an outer shell that allows it to survive outside a host body for some time. It is very tolerant of chlorine disinfection. New Mexico put out a state warning that said “Raw milk products may be contaminated with a variety of infectious pathogens.” They are more concerned with elderly people and young children whose immune systems are not yet strong enough to handle the pathogens. New Mexico is advising to everyone that has raw milk in their refrigerators to discard and not repurchase until further notice. Some symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and nausea.

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