By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Federal and state health officials are reporting an additional 34 ill people in this outbreak in the past two weeks, bringing the Salmonella outbreak total to 127 cases in 33 states. Twenty-six people were hospitalized.

No deaths have been reported.

The multidrug-resistant Salmonella infections have been linked to contact with pig ear dog treats. CDC and FDA are now advising people not to buy or feed any pig ear dog treats to pets, including any that may already be in homes.

Handling these treats could make people sick; eating the treats could make dogs sick. Product testing has identified many different strains of Salmonella in pig ears from various brands and suppliers.

Information collected to date about where ill people bought pig ears has not identified a single supplier, distributor or common brand of pig ear treats.

Several companies recalled pig ear products because they might be contaminated with Salmonella. Ongoing testing of pig ears indicates that many brands of pig ears might be contaminated with Salmonella.

CDC recommends:

  • Do not feed pig ears to your dog. Throw them away in a secure container so that your pets and other animals can’t eat them.
  • Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling pet food or treats, including pig ears.