Salmonella Reported in Pig Ear Dog Treats

The Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention, along with local health FDA officials are investigating reports of salmonella in 13 states, which might have been caused by pig ear dog treats.  A salmonella outbreak linked to the pig ear dog treats has infected 45 people, including 12 who were hospitalized in 13 states.  Those states included California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin.  Reports of the illnesses began on November 18th, 2018, and continued through June 13th of this year.  The CDC interviewed 34 people who had touched their dogs before becoming sick, along with 17 others who felt ill after either touching pig ear dog treats or the dogs who ate those same treats.  Symptoms of salmonella includes diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps, which usually starts between 12 and 72 hours after being exposed to the materials, which lasts between 4 to 7 days.  Pregnant women, adults who are older than 65, children younger than 5 and those who have weak immune systems are at higher risk of suffering a severe illness from the disease.