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WV lawmakers sickened, possibly due to raw milk consumed while celebrating bill allowing sale of raw milk

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West Virginia Delegate Pat McGeehan suffers from a stomach illness in his capitol office. (WSAZ) West Virginia Delegate Pat McGeehan suffers from a stomach illness in his capitol office. (WSAZ)

(WSAZ) In the weeks after passing a bill allowing West Virginians to drink raw milk, one delegate brought in the drink to celebrate, and eventually several lawmakers got sick.

Some lawmakers say it's just a coincidence and a stomach bug is going around, but health officials are planning on looking in to how this all started.

Several lawmakers say a delegate who sponsored the bill, Scott Cadle, brought in the unpasteurized milk.

"Cadle caught me in the hallway, offered a cup to me, and you want to try to be a gentleman," Delegate Pat McGeehan said. "I had a small sip and walked away and tossed the rest of it."

Still, McGeehan believes his falling ill afterward was just a coincidence.

"I highly doubt raw milk had anything to do with it, in my case," McGeehan said.

An anonymous complaint about the raw milk was made to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, with the claim that the milk was given illegally and resulted in the lawmakers getting sick.


 

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