The agency said investigators are still trying to find out why human cases have been associated with dry pet food. Factors being considered include handling and storage of dry pet food, handwashing practices, exposure of children to dry pet food, and the location in the home where pets are fed. Sixty-six people in 18 states have been infected with the same strain of Salmonella Schwarzengrund, and reports of new cases are continuing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement. The Food and Drug Administration had said earlier that two samples of dry dog food made by Mars Petcare US, Inc., had tested positive for S Schwarzengrund, but no direct link between the company’s products and the human cases had been found. Aug 28 CDC statementhttp://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/schwarzengrund.html “Households with ill persons were significantly more likely than matched households without ill persons to usually purchase a brand of dry pet food made by Mars Petcare US that may have been produced at a single facility in Pennsylvania,” the CDC said. In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Health found the outbreak strain in an environmental sample from the Mars Petcare facility in Pennsylvania, the statement said. The CDC said 25 of the 66 salmonellosis cases reported so far occurred in Pennsylvania, with 12 in New York, 6 in Ohio, 5 in Massachusetts, and 1 or 2 in each of the other states affected. See also: Aug 29, 2007 (CIDRAP News) Further investigation has strengthened the evidence of a link between recently recalled dog food products and human Salmonella infections, US health officials reported yesterday. The CDC, however, said yesterday that the outbreak strain of S Schwarzengrund was found in fecal specimens from two dogs that ate dry pet food in the homes of two case-patients. In addition, a multistate case-control study showed a link between illness and the purchase of dry pet foods made by Mars Petcare, the agency said. Aug 28 CIDRAP News story “Outbreak strain of Salmonella found in dog food” Of the patients for whom information was available, 39% were 1 year old or younger and 32% experienced bloody diarrhea. Ten patients were hospitalized, but none died, the CDC reported.
The courtrecommended a P180,000 bail-bond for the suspect’s temporary liberty./PN The 33-year-oldresident Jeresyl Serrano was caught on the strength ofan arrest warrant around 9:20 a.m. on Monday, a police report said. ILOILO City –Charged with carnapping, a man was arrested in Gerongan,Lemery, Iloilo. Serrano was detained in the custodial facilityof the Lemery municipal police station.
In what was a reversal of fortunes from the recently held CONCACAF Gold Cup, the Jamaican senior men’s soccer team, lost 2-0 to a rejuvenated Canada team in Toronto on Saturday.First half goals from Anthony Jackson-Hamel and Jonathon Osario sealed the deal for the hosts but despite the result, the Reggae Boyz gave a better showing and displayed glimpses of hope in their all-round play. Blake beaten twice in 12 minutesAt the 16-minute mark, Jackson-Hamel could make no mistake after benefitting from a sweetly-directed cross to tap home past a flailing Andre Blake. Twelve minutes later Osario was also set up by a neat flick from Jackson-Hamel who turned provider.Canada was down to 10 men after young upstart Alphanso Davis was sent to the showers early after lashing out at defender Damion Lowe.Even though the Jamaicans created history by being the only Caribbean team to appear in two consecutive Gold Cup finals, their possession play in the tournament left a lot to be desired. Oftentimes the team opted to go the aerial route and bypassed the midfield. Midfield play a breath of fresh airOn Saturday, however, the Reggae Boyz worked the ball out of defense and their midfield play was a breath of fresh air. The squad was made up of mainly local based players and representatives of Major League Soccer teams, all of whom have passed through the country’s youth system.The management staff led by coach Theodore Whitmore seem to have their heads screwed on and if the current trend continues then better things may be on the horizon for the Reggae Boyz