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CDC Scientists Recommend Avoiding Dog Favorite Snacks
- September 13, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Continuing the theme of the relatively recent salmonella epidemic in the United States, a separate team of researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a separate report on a new find in relation to a previous similar epidemic. In particular, experts, trying to find the answer to what exactly could become the biggest risk factor in today's epidemic, pointed out the potential harm from snacks such as dried pork ears and other similar snacks that people like to drink for beer.
However, so far, scientists say that the risk factor presented differs from some others precisely in that it must first be re-examined – in particular, to clarify some points related directly to the inclusion of external factors. But according to preliminary data, it is dried pork ears – especially popular as a snack for dogs – that can pose the greatest threat to the spread of the current epidemic of salmonellosis, as pathogenic bacteria are delayed for a longer period.
In addition, CDC staff also informed the public that for the time being, they should refrain from feeding pork ears to domestic dogs and dogs in general, since dogs can also be a major risk factor for the spread of salmonellosis. It is worth noting that out of all 500 with a few cases, only about 15% of patients reported preliminary contact with dogs.
So far, contact with dogs is not considered a serious threat to the spread of salmonellosis, but it should be clarified that, regardless of the results that will soon be obtained, most hospitalizations are somehow related to contact with poultry. As for dried pork ears, not only such an appetizer can be a danger when transmitting salmonellosis to dogs – the center’s specialists also note that they consider other dog snacks as potentially dangerous.