Almost 100 pet owners contract Salmonella linked to pig-ear dog treats

Two separate multistate Salmonella illness outbreaks one linked to contact with poultry in backyard flocks and said to involve two deaths and one linked to contact with pig ear dog treats include cases in Massachusetts according to the latest updates

Two separate multistate Salmonella illness outbreaks one linked to contact with poultry in backyard flocks and said to involve two deaths and one linked to contact with pig ear dog treats include cases in Massachusetts according to the latest updates

The majority of infections have been linked to backyard poultry, specifically chickens and ducklings, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Officials have reported over 30 Kentuckians have fallen ill due to the outbreak.

A separate outbreak of salmonella infections linked to backyard poultry flocks has sickened 768 people from 48 states, including 122 people who were hospitalized and two deaths, one in OH and one in Texas, the CDC said.

No cases are shown for Alaska and DE on the CDC graphic.

The agency also provided an update on a different salmonella outbreak that has been linked to contact with backyard poultry.

According to the CDC, a salmonella infection can cause illness in people and pets.

Those interviewed reported obtaining chicks and ducklings from several sources, including agricultural stores, websites and hatcheries, according to the CDC. Bird carrying the bacteria can appear healthy and clean.

Don't let backyard poultry inside the house, especially in areas where food or drink is prepared, served, or stored.

In rare cases, salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Pet Supplies Plus issued a recall for the affected treats.

So far, 122 people have been hospitalized across 48 states. 20 of those people were hospitalized.

CBS News reports that back in early June Pet Supplies Plus recalled bulk packages of pig ear treats for dogs that were sold at 400 stores across the country, and since then another 48 people Salmonella related illnesses have been reported.

The recall does not apply to pre-packaged, branded pig ears. The CDC is still investigating and will provide more information as it becomes available.

If you have a recalled treat in your home, do not feed it to your dog.

Consumers who purchased bulk pig ears should throw them away.

Health officials say to wash your hands after handling pet food or treats. Follow storage instructions on pet food bags or containers.

People infected with salmonella should monitor for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. People infected with salmonella are usually ill for 4-7 days and recover without treatment, the CDC shared in their update on the outbreak.