2 sick in MontCo.; may be tied to raw milk

NORRISTOWN, PA.; September 12, 2008

2 county residents have come down with campylobacter infections - its an intestinal bacteria.

The health department says it may be tied to an outbreak throughout Pennsylvania, and the northeastern U-S possibly tied to consuming raw milk.

The Pennsylvania Deparrment of Public Health and the Department of Agriculture are investigating the cases to see if there is a common source for the infections.

Campylobacter bacteria can be found in raw or undercooked fruits, vegetables, poultry, and meat. It can also be in unprocessed water, and unpasteurized dairy products. Proper cooking and hand-washing can prevent infection. The bacteria can also be contracted through direct contact with animals, including poultry, cattle, dogs, cats, rodents, and birds.

Symptoms of Campylobacter enteritis include diarrhea that is often bloody, abdominal pain, weakness, fever, nausea, and vomiting. The illness comes on 2 to 5 days after exposure, and usually lasts a week. Proloned illness and relapses may also occu in adults. Some cases mimic acute appendicitis or inflammatory bowel disease.

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