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Raw Milk: Rare Salmonella in Dallas County

By BJ Austin, KERA News

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Dallas, TX – Dallas County reports a rare case of salmonella linked to three others documented by the Texas Department of State Health Services. KERA's BJ Austin has more.

The rare salmonella type is linked to RAW milk. Health officials say the 56 year old Dallas County resident was hospitalized after drinking unpasteurized milk, and has since recovered. Three other similar cases have been reported to the state in recent months. All four were linked to raw milk.

Dallas County Medical Director Dr. Steven Harris says even though raw milk and raw milk products can be bought and sold in Texas, consumers should be aware of the risk for potentially deadly bacteria.

Dallas Health officials three of the four cases have been linked to a single dairy farm in the state. The raw milk sold at the farm tested positive for the same bacteria found in the three cases. Dr. Harris says that bacteria is not found in pasteurized milk.

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