2nd bacteria outbreak reported on peninsula

May 24, 2013 -- 11:30am
- KENAI, Alaska (AP) - State health officials say five people have become ill after drinking raw milk from a Kenai Peninsula farm. The Peninsula Clarion reports it's a similar bacterial infection that sickened more than 30 people in February. In both instances, state health department spokeswoman Laura Carpenter says it started at Peninsula Dairy in Kasilof. Owner Kevin Byers declined comment. The farm is a raw milk-cow share operation that delivers to shareholders on the peninsula, Anchorage and Sitka. Health officials say Byers said he has informed shareholders of the outbreak, caused by fecal contamination of a cow's raw milk. The state cannot shut the operation down because he only distributes the milk. The Clarion says the shareholders collectively own the cows.

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