Reports of sickness bring state action against Montrose dairy

State health officials Tuesday ordered a Montrose dairy to stop distributing its raw milk after 11 Western Slope residents reported being infected with campylobacter in a little more than a week.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said it is contacting approximately 200 people who are participants in the Kinikin Corner Dairy LLC cow-share operation. Those participants buy shares of a cow and receive raw, unpasteurized milk in return.

Ten of the 11 people sickened since March 30 reported drinking raw milk. Eight of them reported getting their raw milk from Kinikin Corner Dairy, health officials said.

Of the 10 cases connected to raw milk, four people live in Montrose County, two live in Garfield County and one each lives in Delta, Eagle, Ouray and San Miguel counties. The one case of campylobacter not linked to raw milk is in Montezuma County.

Campylobacter is considered the most common cause of bacterial food-borne illness in the United States, Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and vomiting. People with those symptoms should contact their health-care providers.

The public health order directs Kinikin Corner Dairy to immediately cease distributing or making available for distribution raw milk and raw-milk products produced at Kinikin until further notice.

The state is working with Montrose County Health and Human Services officials on the investigation of the outbreak.


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