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Salmonella outbreak tied to pig-ear dog treats affecting Carolinas

Salmonella outbreak tied to pig-ear dog treats affecting Carolinas

Samples from retail and backyard poultry operations in Ohio, California, Michigan, and OR have all tested positive for five Salmonella outbreak strains.

In December 2018, for instance, millions of pounds of ground beef were recalled and some 250 people fell ill from the tainted meat.

People reported getting chicks and ducklings from several sources, including agricultural stores, websites, and hatcheries.

Children younger than 5, adults over 65, and people who have health problems or take medicines that lower the body's ability to fight germs and sickness shouldn't handle or touch chicks, ducklings, or other poultry.

Don't let backyard poultry inside the house, especially in areas where food or drink is prepared, served, or stored.

The CDC says more than 75 outbreaks of salmonella have been associated with backyard poultry since 2000.

A separate outbreak of salmonella infections linked to backyard poultry flocks has sickened 768 people from 48 states, including 122 people who were hospitalized and two deaths, one in OH and one in Texas, the CDC said. Since that date, the agency revealed in an updated advisory, another 489 people located across eight states have been added to the investigation.

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On July 3 the CDC reported a salmonella outbreak linked to pig ear dog treats sold at Pet Supplies Plus.

The bulk pig ears were sold at Pet Supplies Plus stores in Ala., Ark., Calif., Colo., Conn., Del., Fla., Ga., Iowa, Ill., Ind., Kan., Ky., Mass., Md., Mich., Minn., Mo., N.C., Neb., N.H., N.J., N.Y., Ohio, Okla., Penn., R.I., S.C., Tenn., Texas, Va., Wis. and W.Va.

Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, a common bacterial foodborne illness, the CDC notes. They advised dog owners who possess the recalled pig ear treats, to throw them away in a secure container so animals can't eat them.

Do not feed recalled pig ears to your dog. The CDC is still investigating and will provide more information as it becomes available. Dogs with a Salmonella infection usually have diarrhea that may contain blood.

Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps, which appear 12 to 72 hours after exposure. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment.

If you have questions about cases in a particular state, please call that state's health department.