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Posted on: August 7, 2019

Outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella infections linked to contact with pig ear dog treats

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Mesquite, TX - Aug. 7, 2019 - The CDC and FDA are now advising people not to buy or feed any pig ear dog treats to pets, including any that may already be in homes.People can get sick after handling the treats or caring for dogs who ate the treats. Dogs might get sick after eating them.

Since the last update on July 17, 2019, a total of 34 ill people have been added to this investigation. A total of 127 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 33 states. 26 ill people (30%) have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. 24 illnesses (21%) are among children younger than 5 years.

Epidemiologic, laboratory and traceback evidence indicates that contact with pig ear dog treats from many different suppliers is the likely source of this outbreak. State health and regulatory officials in several states and the FDA have tested pig ear dog treats at various suppliers and identified many different strains of Salmonella. No single supplier, distributor or common brand of pig ear treats has been identified that could account for all the illnesses. This is why CDC and FDA are now advising people to not buy or feed any pig ear dog treats to pets.

This investigation is ongoing and CDC will provide updates when more information is available. For more information, please go to www.cdc.gov/salmonella/pet-treats-07-19/index.html. (Source: CDC)

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