The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning of two multi-state Salmonella outbreaks linked to 861 cases and two deaths.
One of these is linked to pig ear dog treats and the other to backyard poultry.
When it comes to the outbreak linked to backyard poultry, the CDC reports there are 768 cases resulting in two deaths (one in Ohio and one in Texas) and 122 hospitalizations across 48 states. The one connected to pig ear dog treats has resulted in 93 cases connected to 20 hospitalizations across 27 states.
Michigan is included in both of these outbreaks with nine connected to the pig ears and 27 connected to backyard poultry.
The federal agency reports that since June 13, another 489 illnesses have been connected to backyard poultry across the U.S. Another 48 have been added when it comes to the pig ear dog treats.
“Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that contact with backyard poultry, such as chicks and ducklings, from multiple hatcheries are the likely source of these outbreaks,” the CDC reports.
“Five of the outbreak strains making people sick have been identified in samples collected from backyard poultry environments in four states. The sampling was from backyard poultry environments in ill people’s homes in California and Ohio and from poultry environments at retail stores in Michigan and Oregon.”
As for the pig ears, the CDC reports that 63 of 70 people who fell ill confirmed coming into contact with a dog before getting sick. Pet Supplies Plus issued a recall for its bulk pig ears back on July 3.
The federal agency is warning people not to feed recalled pig ears to their dogs, and to dispose of the product securely. This remains an active investigation and the CDC says it will continue to provide updates when more is known.
“Some dogs may have Salmonella infection but may not look sick. Dogs with a Salmonella infection usually have diarrhea that may contain blood,” the federal agency writes in an update.
“Affected animals may seem more tired than usual, and may have a fever or vomit.”
In a previous update from the agency, the CDC added that he Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development had “gathered pig ear dog treats at retail locations where ill people reported buying the products.”
It is important to note that a recall has not yet been initiated as a “common supplier of pig ear treats in this outbreak has not been identified.”
Salmonella symptoms typically include diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps lasting hours on end for about four to seven days. The federal agency has a website dedicated to information regarding Salmonella at this link.