More than 100 pet owners in 33 states contract Salmonella from pig dogs as the outbreak spreads, CDC reveals
- So far, 127 people are sick in 33 states
- Twenty-six people have been admitted to hospital and no deaths have been reported
- It is not clear whether they ate the treats or were infected by contact
- Iowa was the hardest hit with 23 cases, followed by New York with 15 and Michigan with 12
An outbreak of Salmonella associated with treats from pigs with dogs continues to spread across the US, federal health officials warn.
So far, 127 pet owners in 33 states have contracted the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is unclear whether the infected people ate the tough snacks, or were simply infected by touching them and then touching their mouths.
Twenty-six people have been admitted to hospital, but no deaths have yet been reported.
No mention was made of dogs falling ill in the warning that was released on Wednesday afternoon.
The eruption of Salmonella coupled with treats with pig ear dogs (photo) is now spreading with 127 cases confirmed in 33 states
Dogs love pig ears.
They are tough, dense, but not tough, making it a popular treat for both small dogs, large, old dogs, and even teething.
But the CDC and the US Food and Drug Administration advise pet owners not to buy or feed pig dogs to pets.
Several companies have since recalled pig ear products due to fear of Salmonella contamination, including Pet Supplies Plus and Lennox Intl Inc.
Health officials believe that there is no common supplier and that contact from different suppliers has led to the outbreak.
For now, homeowners are asked to wash their hands thoroughly after touching their pet's food, and not to use their pet's food bowl for their own food.
Iowa was hit hardest by the 23 outbreak, followed by New York with 15 and Michigan with 12.
Diseases occurred between June 16 and July 6 and affected people ranging in age from less than a year old to 90 years old.
More than 20 percent of the cases have been reported in children younger than five years old.
Salmonella infections occur after eating raw meat and eggs or food contaminated with the bacteria.
Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain that usually last between four and seven days.
According to the CDC, salmonella is the cause of 1.2 million diseases, 23,000 hospital admissions and 450 deaths a year in the US.
Most people can recover without treatment, although there are cases where antibiotics or IV fluids are needed.
The CDC warns those whose symptoms linger for more than a week or who see blood in their stools should seek medical attention.
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