CDC, FDA investigating salmonella outbreak linked to pig ear pet treats

Pig ear dog treats (Photo: CDC)
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(WTHR) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a multi-state outbreak of a drug-resistant strain of Salmonella. The infections are linked to contact with popular pig ear dog treats.

There have been 127 reported cases in 33 states, including five in Indiana. Twenty-six people have been hospitalized due to the illness, but there have been no deaths so far. Twenty-four children under the age of five are among those who have become sick.

Here's a list of all states and reported illnesses:

  • Alabama, 1
  • Arizona, 1
  • California, 1
  • Colorado, 3
  • Connecticut, 1
  • Florida, 3
  • Georgia, 2
  • Hawaii, 1
  • Illinois, 7
  • Indiana, 5
  • Iowa, 23
  • Kansas, 3
  • Kentucky, 6
  • Louisiana, 1
  • Maine, 1
  • Massachusetts, 4
  • Michigan, 12
  • Minnesota, 1
  • Missouri, 6
  • New Hampshire, 1
  • New Jersey, 2
  • New Mexico, 1
  • New York, 15
  • North Carolina, 2
  • North Dakota, 1
  • Ohio, 5
  • Oregon, 2
  • Pennsylvania, 6
  • South Carolina, 2
  • Texas, 2
  • Utah, 1
  • Washington, 1
  • Wisconsin, 4

The CDC says the pig ear dog treats are the likely source of the infection.

After sampling various pig ears where people reported buying the treats, each location removed the product from the shelves.

The first case of illness was reported in November 2018. The latest case was reported July 17, 2019.

The CDC advises dog owners to take special care when feeding pets. The agency suggests avoid raw food diets, washing hands right after handling pet food, and storing pet food away from human food and out of the reach of children.

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