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  • A camp planning lifesaver for parents

    Are you new to planning for summer camp and wondering where to start? We have plenty of great tips for you, but Lauren Gruelich's story might give you the inspiration you need to get started on the camp hunt. Lauren had so much fun at day camp at Anne Arundel Read More
  • 8 traveling exhibits worth taking the kids

    By Karen Stysley There is nothing like a traveling exhibit to bring new excitement to a museum, and the Maryland area has many museums with cool traveling exhibits right now. This month Port Discovery in Baltimore gets something that has been on its wish list for quite awhile and local Read More
  • Get an early peek at new Aquarium exhibit

    There is a chance to check out the National Aquarium's new Living Seashore exhibit before it even opens to the public. The new Living Seashore exhibit is scheduled to open in May and will allow visitors to touch a jellyfish or see a stingray up close among other things. In Read More
  • Baby story times at MD libraries benefit both mom and infant

    Rebecca Hass knows the value of taking an infant to story time at the library, not only because she's the program and outreach manager for Anne Arundel County Public Libraries, but because she also has a 13-month-old. Story times are fundamental for early literacy, she says. They introduce babies to Read More
  • Local teens’ cool summer experiences

    Not all teenagers spend their summer playing video games or hanging out at the mall. Some manage to find time for other pursuits — helping children in Third World countries, for example, or complex scientific research. As you start thinking about what your kids might do this summer — check out the Read More
  • Do babies with pacifiers end up teens with braces?

    Are you pondering the bill for future braces every time you put a pacifier in your baby's mouth? There's no need. Most dentists agree that pacifiers are fine for babies as long as the habit doesn't go on for too long. "I am a very pacifier friendly dentist," says Dr. Read More
  • One-night getaways for moms and dads

    By Katie Riley If you are looking for a romantic getaway just a short distance from Annapolis or Baltimore, there are plenty of options. My husband and I recently had the pleasure of taking a weekend away on our own, a feat made possible through the help of grandparents, aunts Read More
  • 1 A camp planning lifesaver for parents
  • 2 8 traveling exhibits worth taking the kids
  • 3 Get an early peek at new Aquarium exhibit
  • 4 Baby story times at MD libraries benefit both mom and infant
  • 5 Local teens’ cool summer experiences
  • 6 Do babies with pacifiers end up teens with braces?
  • 7 One-night getaways for moms and dads

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milk25If your family has bought raw milk from Pennsylvania's Family Cow dairy store since Jan. 1 of this year, throw it out. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is reporting multiple Campylobacter infection cases associated with consumption of raw (unpasteurized) milk from the Family Cow dairy store in Chambersburg, Pa. DHMH, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, advises consumers that milk recently purchased from this store may contain harmful bacteria.

To date, there are six confirmed campylobacteriosis cases: three in Maryland and three in Pennsylvania, all of whom consumed raw milk from this farm. Maryland DHMH recommends consumers discard any product purchased from this farm since January 1, 2012.

Campylobacter is a bacterial cause of diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, and can progress to more serious illness, such as a bloodstream infection and other complications. Illness generally occurs two to five days after exposure. In 2011, Maryland reported nearly 600 Campylobacter infections.

The implicated milk is labeled "raw milk" (meaning, not pasteurized) and is sold under "The Family Cow" label in plastic gallon, half gallon, quart and pint containers. The Family Cow dairy sells directly to consumers at its on-farm retail store and at multiple drop-off locations and retail stores in the following Pennsylvania counties: Bucks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Lebanon, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York counties.

Raw milk and products made from raw milk (including certain cheeses, ice cream, and yogurt) can pose severe health risks. Pasteurization is performed by briefly heating raw milk to kill disease-causing germs (e.g., Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157, Campylobacter) that can be found in raw milk. Maryland state law prohibits the sale of unpasteurized milk.

Information about the regulation of milk and dairy products in Maryland can be found here. Further information on raw milk safety can be found on the CDC website.

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