(For more information on the Diamond recall, see here: HUGE recall of Diamond pet foods)
At the time of writing this (May 4, 2012), 14 cases of Salmonella Infantis, a rare strain of Salmonella have been reported, spanning 9 states. Five of these people were sick enough to need hospitalization.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have been able to connect these cases to exposure to dog food manufactured at a Diamond Pet Food plant in South Carolina. So far, there have been no reported human deaths.
There are several ways that a person can contract a salmonella infection from their pet’s food:
The bacteria does need to be ingested to cause illness. Therefore, washing your hands after contact with your pet’s food, dishes, or feces will help greatly to prevent salmonella infection.
Salmonella causes severe vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. The symptoms usually occur between 8 to 48 hours after ingesting the bacteria. Dehydration (from vomiting and diarrhea) can be very serious and even life threatening. Therefore, if you think you may have been made ill because of Salmonella contamination in your pet’s food, please seek medical attention.
For a list of the foods involved in the recall, read this.
Do you think you have become ill because of Salmonella contamination in your dog’s food? I would greatly appreciate if you could leave a comment letting us know what type of pet food you have purchased, and the nature of your symptoms. Your comments will help other people who are searching for information. I would ask that you please share this article as well (on Facebook, Twitter and email) so that we can hopefully prevent people and pets from getting sick!