22 now sick from Salmonella in dog food

A total of 22 individuals have, according to the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis. Twenty ill persons have been reported from 13 states and two ill persons have been reported from Canada.

Among the 17 patients with available information, 6 (35%) were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Among persons for whom information is available, illnesses began between October 2011 and May 11, 2012. Ill persons range in age from less than one year old to 82 years old and the median age is 46.5 years. Sixty-eight percent of patients are female. Among the 17 patients with available information, 6 (35%) were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Multiple brands of dry dog food produced by Diamond Pet Foods at a single manufacturing facility in South Carolina have been linked to some of the human Salmonella infections.

Consumers should check their homes for recalled pet food products and discard them promptly. People who think they might have become ill after contact with dry pet food or with an animal that has eaten dry pet food should consult their health care providers.