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Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Dry Pet Food

in Children's Health,Pet Health

The first known salmonella outbreak in humans has been linked to pet food, according to a newly released report. The outbreak sickened 79 people in 21 states, between 2006 and 2008. Nearly half of those affected were children two years of age and younger.

Dry pet foods are an under-recognized source of salmonella infections in humans. Other illnesses may have also unknowingly been caused by tainted pet food as well, according to researchers.

While young children are most often affected, there is no evidence to support they got sick by eating the tainted pet food. But rather became infected by touching dirty pet food dishes and putting their hands in their mouths.

Salmonella symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting and bloody diarrhea.

There have been no reports of sick animals, but salmonella bacteria has been found in samples from pets that have eaten the tainted pet food but have not shown symptoms of illness.

An estimated 1.4 million Americans become ill with salmonella each year, and 400 die, according to the study. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can act as carriers, spreading the illness to people, the FDA says.

To reduce risk of salmonella infection:

After contact with pets, pet bowls and dry pet food – wash hands with warm soapy water.

Clean pet food bowls and feeding areas regularly.

Keep young children away from pet food and feeding areas.

Clean pets’ food and water dishes in a separate sink, not in your kitchen sink.

The study is published in the medical journal Pediatrics.

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Joyce August 11, 2010

Scary to know dog food could cause salmonella in people. I know many times when my children and grandchildren have eaten dog food because it was on there crawling level. Will have to be more careful when they come to visit. I will have to remember where to clean the dogs bowls so I don’t get that either.

Popular Health News August 31, 2010

In the last two years there has been several pet food recalls linked to salmonella. It’s easy to forget that it can make our little ones sick, but some warm soapy water goes a long way in preventing.

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