Diseases From Raw Milk Consumption
Milk is an important part of a person's diet. Unfortunately, it can also carry certain organisms that can cause severe disease in humans (1). One way to prevent this is by pasteurizing the milk. Pasteurization kills the organisms that cause disease without destroying the milk. It also increases the shelf life of milk by destroying proteins and bacteria in the milk that cause it to spoil. Click on the links below to read a few reports of human illness caused by the consumption of raw milk or raw milk products:
Below are some
diseases associated with drinking raw milk.
|1.Campylobacteriosis||Campylobacter sp.||bloody diarrhea|
|2. Salmonellosis||Salmonella sp.||bloody diarrhea|
|3. Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome||E. coli O157:H7||diarrhea, kidney failure, death|
|4. Yersiniosis||Yersinsia enterocolitica||diarrhea|
|5. Listeriosis||Listeria monocytogenes||meningitis, blood infections|
|6. Tuberculosis||Mycobacterium tuberculosis||tuberculosis; pneumonia|
|7. Brucellosis||Brucella sp.||blood infections, heart infections|
|8. Cryptosporidiosis||Cryptosporidium parvum||diarrhea|
|9. Staphylococcal enterotoxin poisoning||Staphylococcus aureus||vomiting|
|10. Q fever||Coxiella burnetti||high fever, severe headache, muscle aches (can infect the liver and/or heart)|
For more information on how milk is pasteurized click on the University of Guelph's Dairy Science and Technology page.
1.Potter ME, Kaufmann AF, Blake PA, Feldman RA. Unpasteurized milk:
the hazards of a health fetish. JAMA
2. Hazards of raw milk product consumption.
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Last revised 2/5/11