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Health Department issues alert on milk products after E. Coli cases

WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Health Department is issuing an alert on Friday night about a new risk.

Two cases of E. coli in West Michigan have been traced to raw milk products from an Ottawa County cow share program.

In March, a 31-year-old Muskegon County woman became sick after drinking unpasteurized milk.

In April, a 6-year-old from Kent County became ill after possibly consuming a raw milk product.

Raw or unpasteurized milk is milk that comes directly from an animal and is not heated to kill the bacteria.

Some believe drinking raw milk is more nutritious and provides the body with "good bacteria."

Local health departments warn, however, that raw milk causes a higher risk of serious illness.