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CDC Finds Common Dog Treats Contaminated With Salmonella

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a public notice about the latest salmonella outbreak in the U.S. The agency warned that the infection spread potentially due to pig ear dog treats. 

The notice released Wednesday shows the cases of 45 people infected with salmonella across 13 states. CDC said 12 people have been hospitalized but no death was reported. 

The agency linked the outbreak to pig ear dog treats after majority of patients said they had contact with their dogs that received the treats before being diagnosed with the infection. 

Samples from stores where the patients purchased the treats showed salmonella contamination, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. However, officials did not find the same strain of salmonella that appeared in the affected pet owners. 

“Epidemiologic evidence indicates that contact with pig ear dog treats is the likely source of this outbreak,” CDC said in the notice. 

The stores that provided the samples removed the pig ears from their shelves after confirmation from CDC. The agency said infection started in November 2018 and the latest case was reported on June 13.

The affected states are California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Iowa recorded the highest number of salmonella cases linked to the dog treats, with 12 patients. 

CDC said it has yet to determine the common supplier of the affected dog treats. Investigation is ongoing and the agency is coordinating efforts with the Food and Drug Administration to address the salmonella outbreak. 

Facts About Salmonella Infection

Diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps may occur 12 to 72 hours after exposure to salmonella. Some patients may require hospitalization as the infection spreads from the intestines to other parts of the body.

Salmonella commonly affects people with health problems, pregnant women, children younger than five years and adults aged 65 and older due to weaker immune systems. The same group is also ati higher risk of severe illness because of the infection. 

Salmonella commonly stays in the body for four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment.

Dog The CDC issued a notice about an ongoing salmonella outbreak that already affected 13 states due to exposure to pig ear dog treats. Pixabay