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You can't keep them down on the farm.

...if they get sick drinking raw milk. During a 10-year period starting in 1981, 20 outbreaks of infection with Campylobacter jejuni occurred among children who visited farms in 11 different states across the eastern half of the United States. In each instance, the victims were taking part in school outings or other youth activities in which they watched cows being milked and were permitted to taste the milk fresh from the spout.

Unfortunately, the life-giving fluid had some disease-dealing critters in it that are killed by pasteurization--as are other organisms commonly found in raw milk, such as salmonella and E. coli. Nearly 50 percent of the children thus exposed to the organism in raw milk came down with vomitting, diarrhea, fever, and other symptoms of food poisoning with Campylobacter bacteria. The symptoms started about three days after the field trip and lasted about four days. Some had to be hospitalized.

Obviously, the solution is not to curb visits by city youngsters to farms, but to educate kids, teachers, and farmers about the danger of drinking unpasteurized milk.
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Title Annotation:Campylobacter jejuni outbreak after children drink fresh cow's milk
Publication:Medical Update
Date:Apr 1, 1993
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