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CDC: Pig ear dog treats could harm animals and humans

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The Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are now advising people not to buy or feed any pig ear dog treats to pets, including any of those treats that may already be in homes.

People can get sick after handling the treats or caring for dogs who ate the treats. Dogs might get sick after eating them, according to the CDC/

Since the last update on July 17, 2019, a total of 34 ill people have been added to the investigation.

A total of 127 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 33 states, including five cases in Ohio and six in Pennsylvania.

Twenty-six people have been hospitalized. Twenty-four children under the age of five have become ill. No deaths have been reported.

Health investigators say evidence indicates that contact with pig ear dog treats from many different suppliers is the likely source of this outbreak.

State health and regulatory officials in several states, and the FDA have tested pig ear dog treats at various suppliers and identified many different strains of Salmonella.

No single supplier, distributor or common brand of pig ear treats has been identified that could account for all the illnesses. This is why the CDC and FDA are now advising people to not buy or feed any pig ear dog treats to pets.

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