Salmonellosis – United States

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February 24, 2022 – Approximately three cases of salmonellosis was reported in Massachusetts. The individuals were two adults and one child. The gender and age were not mentioned. No deaths have been reported.

The origin of the salmonella was found in dog treats manufactured by a brand called Dog Gone Delicious. The product is made from beef liver, chicken, and sweet potato. After the products have been sent in for analysis, the tests returned positive for presence of salmonella.

Officials of the source advise individuals who have purchased the product to dispose of it promptly. Sales of the product have ceased. Production has also been put on hold as investigations will need to take place.

Photo: Salmonella (red) invading human cells.

Infection with salmonella in developed countries generally results in food poisoning. The organisms enter through the digestive tract and must be ingested in large numbers to cause disease in healthy adults. Between 60% to 80% of salmonella infections cases go un-diagnosed.

Risk factors for salmonella infections include a variety of foods. Meats such as chicken and pork have the possibility to be contaminated. A variety of vegetables and sprouts may also have salmonella. Lastly, a variety of processed foods such as chicken nuggets and pot pies may also contain this bacteria.

Salmonella was first visualized in 1880. The name Salmonella was not used until 1900.

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