Health officials from Pennsylvania and Maryland say that the illness toll associated with the Family Cow Dairy campylobacter outbreak has risen to 23 people. Further, according to press reports,
Maryland health officials also said laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of the bacteria, Campylobacter jejuni, that causes the illness in two unopened samples purchased from the Family Cow farm in Chambersburg. Pennsylvania officials said their tests had not yet yielded results.
Nineteen of the victims of this outbreak live in Pennsylvania, and 4 in Maryland. Consumers are being advised to discard raw milk bought from the farm on or after Jan. 1.