State investigates 4 cases related to raw milk

Feb 16, 2013 -- 12:45pm


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - State health officials are investigating several cases of bacterial infection on the Kenai Peninsula related to drinking raw, unpasteurized milk. The Department of Health and Social Services says four people who drank the milk became sick with similar symptoms, including nausea and vomiting. Spokesman Greg Wilkinson says the milk is not heated up to kill bacteria. The Anchorage Daily News reports the milk came from an Alaska farm cooperative that the agency did not identify. Wilkinson says it's unlikely other members of the public are in danger since the milk wasn't widely available. Proponents of raw milk say it is more nutritious than pasteurized milk. Health officials caution against drinking raw milk because of the higher risk of developing a bacterial infection. 

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