Salmonella – From Your Pet’s Food

Have you checked your pet’s food out recently?  Officials at the CDC have linked an outbreak of Salmonella infections to recalled pet food manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods. 14 people to date have been sickened from this latest outbreak.

Pet food cause of salmonella

The CDC has received reports of illnesses to date in nine states: Alabama, Connecticut, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  Among the nine patients for which data was available, five required hospitalization for treatment of the this latest salmonella infection.

There have been more cases of salmonella in recent years.  Symptoms of this infection may include the following:

  • Diarrhea, without blood.
  • Headaches.
  • Stomach cramps.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Fever.
  • Dehydration

Be aware that the infection can spread from the intestines into the bloodstream.

How did consumer get the infection from their pet food? By not properly washing their hands from touching the pet food itself.  Always wash with warm water and soap and clean them for as long as it  takes to sing Happy Birthday twice.

Check here to see if your pet’s food is part of the recall list today and stay tuned for further updates.

Do you always wash your hands after feeding your pet? 

 

 

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