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Salmonella outbreak tied to recalled dog food

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Diamond Pet Foods, a Missouri-based firm, has recalled three brands of dry dog food for potential salmonella contamination linked to illness in people.

At least 14 people in nine states have been sickened by a rare strain of salmonella linked to contaminated dry dog food, government health officials reported.

Some of the human salmonella infections appeared to be tied to at least three recalled brands of dry dog food produced at a single South Carolina plant operated by Diamond Pet Foods.

People could have become ill after handling the contaminated dry food or after contact with animals that had eaten the food.  Anyone who may have become sick after such contact should consult a health care provider.

Diamond Pet Foods' first recall was issued on April 6, when company officials voluntarily pulled select bags of Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food.

On April 26, certain bags of Diamond Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul Adult Light Formula dog food was recalled, followed by a recall on April 30 of select bags of Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food.

At the time of the recalls, Diamond Pet Foods officials said that no human cases had been reported.

CDC investigators later took evidence of the rare salmonella strain -- which is typically reported three or fewer times per month -- and then checked for human cases that matched the genetic fingerprint of the bacteria.

Interviews with ill people showed that seven of 10 ill people said they had contact with a dog in the week before getting sick.  Of five ill people who recalled the type of dog food, four identified Diamond Pet Foods products.

Consumers should check their homes for recalled dog food and discard the products promptly.

Pet owners should wash their hands thoroughly after contact with pets and their food.

Symptoms of salmonella typically include vomiting, diarrhea, cramping and fever.  They usually resolve within a week, but in serious cases, some patients require hospitalization.

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