CDC investigating Salmonella outbreak linked to pig ear dog treats

Pig ear dog treats (Photo: CDC)

(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 45 reported cases in 13 states, including three in Indiana. Twelve people have been hospitalized due to the illness, but there have been no deaths so far.

The CDC says the pig ear dog treats are the likely source of the infection. Of 38 reported cases, 34 people said they were in contact with a dog before getting sick. Of the 24 people who had available information about the treats, 17 reported contact with the treats or with dogs who at the treats.

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 2, 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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