The Ministry of Health Warns the Public against the Use of Non-Pasteurized Milk for the Treatment of Sores or Ulcers in the Mouth
During the summer season, there is increased prevalence of the enterovirus, which is one of the causes of sores in the mouth. The Ministry of Health therefore warns the public regarding treatment using non-pasteurized milk.
The folk remedy using non-pasteurized goat’s milk for the treatment of sores in the mouth could endanger the patient and expose him to infectious pathogens, even if one only gargles the milk without swallowing it or applies it to the wound only.
The various types of non-pasteurized milk (cow’s milk, sheep’s milk, goat’s milk, camel’s milk, etc.) could contain pathogens, including brucella, salmonella, E. coli and listeria. These pathogens could cause illness that manifests as fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea, and even severe medical complications and death. In a susceptible population, such as babies and infants, the elderly, pregnant women and immunosuppressed persons such as cancer patients and transplant recipients, the risk for severe illness and mortality is even higher. The color, odor and taste of milk are unaffected by the presence of pathogens. There are therefore no signs that indicate their presence.