Do you protect your family from pet transmitted Salmonella?

Avoid cross contamination from pets to people.

An article in WebMD Health News outlines disturbing facts about Salmonella in homes with pets.

With so many pet food recalls due to Salmonella in the past few years, here are some interesting facts from the article:

More than 23,000 tons of dry dog and cat pet foods from more than 100 different brands were recalled between 2006 and 2008.

Seventy-nine patients infected with Salmonella Schwarzengrund in 21 states were identified during the study period; nearly half, 48%, were children aged 2 or younger. Symptoms included bloody diarrhea and fever. Some patients were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.

Illnesses among infants were significantly associated with feeding pets in the kitchen, but, interestingly, there was no association between salmonella contamination and children putting pet food in their mouths.

Illness in case households was strongly associated with contact with a dog.

In 2007, scientists isolated the Salmonella Schwarzengrund strain from 38% of dog fecal samples and from 9% of dry dog foods tested from nine case households in Pennsylvania. Environmental samples taken from the manufacturer later confirmed a match in the outbreak strain. The manufacturer closed its plant in October 2008.

The article suggests that some tainted pet foods remained in the home after the food had been recalled.  So how do you reduce your contamination risks?

Findings suggest:

-Regular hand washing after interacting with pets and pet food products

-Wash and disinfect pet’s food and water bowls regularly

-Do not clean the bowls in kitchen sinks or bathtubs where children are bathed to avoid cross contamination.

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Posted by on Aug 17 2010. Filed under Animal Reality, Dog News, Dog News, Lessons Learned, Pet Behavior, Pet Health, Pet News, Shocking!. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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