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Minnesota health officials identify more illnesses linked to raw milk


Thu, Oct 28th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



Minnesota state health officials reported today that routine disease surveillance has detected additional illnesses linked to consumption of raw dairy products from the Hartmann dairy farm in Sibley County.

According to epidemiologists with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the illnesses include three people infected with a bacterium called Campylobacter jejuni, and four people infected with a parasite called Cryptosporidium parvum. Common symptoms of Campylobacter infection include fever, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal pain, malaise, and vomiting. Symptoms last for about a week in most people but can last for up to three weeks in 20 percent of cases. In addition, Campylobacter infection occasionally results in complications such as arthritis and Guillain Barré syndrome, which is characterized by sudden onset of paralysis. Cryptosporidium infection is marked by watery diarrhea, vomiting, cramping, abdominal pain, and weight loss. Symptoms often last two weeks but may wax and wane for a month or more. Cryptosporidium infection can be life threatening in people with weakened immune systems.

These illnesses were reported to MDH by health care providers as required under Minnesota law. When MDH contacted the individuals to inquire about potential causes of their illnesses (a routine public health practice designed to identify likely causes of illness in order to prevent future illnesses) the ill people reported that they had consumed raw milk. Those who named a source named the Hartmann farm. Laboratory tests found that the Campylobacter bacteria andCryptosporidium parasites in most of the ill people were genetically identical to organisms found in animal and environmental samples taken on the Hartmann farm this past summer.

"We're concerned that people are continuing to get sick after consuming products from this farm," said MDH Foodborne Diseases Unit Supervisor Kirk Smith. "We're also concerned that some people who became ill were given the Hartmann dairy product by friends or neighbors who did not tell them the source."

Smith noted that in addition to the illnesses associated with the Hartmann farm, MDH has identified 47 other people since Jan. 1, 2010 who became ill after drinking raw milk from a variety of sources throughout the state; none of these 47 cases was part of an identified outbreak (no two cases reported the same source). Most of the individual cases have been in children or young ad .....
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A healthy addiction

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Towering at six-foot-five-inches tall, Isaac Sveen, a 17-year-old in his junior year at Fillmore Central High School weighed in at 210 pounds and six-percent body fat for his first bodybuilding competition on October 2, 2010, in Menomonie, Wis..
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A healthy addiction

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Towering at six-foot-five-inches tall, Isaac Sveen, a 17-year-old in his junior year at Fillmore Central High School weighed in at 210 pounds and six-percent body fat for his first bodybuilding competition on October 2, 2010, in Menomonie, Wis..
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Domestic violence: not just bruises and cuts

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

You met him at a local coffee shop, talked for a while, and then went out with him that weekend.

He did question your choice in outfit, but otherwise the first date was great.

The second date, third date, and so on were wonderful. ..... 
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Lanesboro Farmer's Market: now high in fiber

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Lanesboro Farmer's Market provides fresh local produce, homemade jams and jellies, honey and soap, herbs and plants, and yummy baked goods. Now it's also high in fiber. This year a new vendor joined the market, adding wool and mohair to the mix. ..... 
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HHS official to discuss efforts to improve access to coverage for children with pre-existing conditions

Wed, Oct 13th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



The Director of HHS' Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Jay Angoff, will hold a press conference call at 11:00 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, October 13, 2010 to discuss efforts by HHS and states to improve access to health coverag ..... 
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Harmony blood drive collects 56 units

Mon, Oct 11th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on September 21st succeeded in collecting 53 units of blood. There were 57 donors that presented and four first-time participants. Congratulations to these six donors who reached the following milestones:

Janet ..... 
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Seasonal influenza vaccination clinics scheduled

Mon, Oct 11th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently encourages everyone over the age of six months to get vaccinated for seasonal influenza as soon as vaccine becomes available in your community. For families with children under the age of ..... 
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Public health leaders receive 2010 Community Health Service Awards

Mon, Oct 4th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Awards were presented to:

Project Harmony, Meeker, McLeod, and Sibley Counties; Steve Simenson, Anoka County; Blue Earth County H1N1 Vaccination Team; Kari Guida, Minnesota Department of Health; David Benson, Nobles County; Marina McManus, An ..... 
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