Kentucky Public Health Department warns against consuming unpasteurized milk

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FRANKFORT, Kentucky — Kentucky health officials are reminding residents not to consume unpasteurized milk or other products that could lead to E. coli infection.

The warning follows recent cases of the infection in north-central Kentucky and hospitalization of four children. Four of the five children associated with the cluster developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, which can lead to kidney failure.

Public Health Commissioner Stephanie Mayfield says all of the children consumed unpasteurized milk, which is not like milk and dairy products available at grocery stores. She says anyone who drinks unpasteurized milk can be susceptible but especially children.

The Public Health Department says lab testing hasn't positively identified the source of the recent illnesses. But the agency issued a warning about unpasteurized milk after finding out the affected children had consumed it.

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