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Human salmonella linked to dry dog food

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•  A total of 14 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis have been reported from 9 states: Alabama, Connecticut, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.*
•  Among the 9 patients with available information, 5 were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
•  Multiple brands of dry pet food produced by Diamond Pet Foods at a single manufacturing facility in South Carolina have been linked to some of the human Salmonella infections.

How do I know if my dog or cat has Salmonella infection?
Dogs and cats that become ill from Salmonella infection generally will have diarrhea that may contain blood or mucus. Affected animals may seem more tired than usual, and may have a fever or vomit.

What can I do to prevent the spread of Salmonella germs from my pets?
Salmonella infections are a zoonotic disease, meaning that the infection can spread between animals and people. Salmonella germs are transmitted from animals to humans and humans to humans by the fecal oral route. Salmonella germs can be shed in the stool of pets for 4 to 6 weeks after infection. If your pet is diagnosed with Salmonella infection, please talk to your veterinarian about taking precautions to minimize spread of this germ. A mild bleach solution can be used to clean areas that may be contaminated with Salmonella germs.

Follow these simple guidelines to prevent getting a Salmonella infection from your pet:
–After contact with animal feces (stool), wash your hands well with soap and running water. Wash your hands as directed in the hand washing instructions.
–Be sure to wash your hands with soap and running water after handling or feeding your pet. Wash your hands as directed in the hand washing instructions.
–Clean up after your pet. If you have a dog, use a plastic bag to pick up the stool, and clean up the stool while on walks or from the yard and dispose of the stool in a tightly sealed plastic bag. If you have a cat, scoop the litter box daily and dispose of the stool in a tightly sealed plastic bag.
–Do not share food with your pets.

*Diamond claims the pet food recall affects “only products distributed in the following U.S. states and Canada“, yet they also add that  “further distribution to other pet food channels may have occurred”. (according to poisonedpets.com)

Numerous brands are being recalled.

Many brands (of some flavors) are being recalled such as Canidae, Natural Balance, Taste of the Wild, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul, and more…

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