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Fresh milk harms: epidemiologists sound the alarm

“Drink, children, milk, you will be healthy” - this line from the popular children's song is no longer relevant. Fresh milk can become a source of infection with an infection that is not amenable to even antibiotics.

This is campylobacteriosis. This is a serious disease that is fraught with a number of complications and can lead to death. The causative agent of this infection is a bacterium called Campylobacter jejuni.

The attention of epidemiologists was attracted by the surge in the incidence of campylobacteriosis in one of the US states, namely in Colorado. Having studied the features of the diet of local residents, experts came to the conclusion that fresh milk may be a source of infection. This product is in high demand among the Colorado population. Also, despite the fact that after epidemiologists sounded the alarm, the state authorities banned the sale of unpasteurized milk, fans of this product still manage to purchase it "from the counter." At the same time, according to the researchers, love for this product increases the risk of contracting campylobacteriosis by more than one hundred and fifty times.

A distinctive characteristic of Campylobacter jejuni bacteria is their “survivability” - they are not susceptible to antibiotics, including tetracycline and ciprofloxacin. Therefore, treatment of the infection provoked by them can be very problematic. Once in the body, the bacterium penetrates the small intestine. Having invaded his mucosa, it provokes an inflammatory process and general intoxication of the body, which causes severe damage to the digestive tract, fever, abdominal pain of different intensities, diarrhea and vomiting. In the event that the patient is not provided with timely assistance, the development of intestinal bleeding and peritonitis is possible. In the risk group, in the first place, there are people with reduced body resistance: children and adolescents, people of advanced age.

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