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.
Greensburg, In. — Greensburg police made one arrest in an alleged case of child neglect last week.Police responded to the 1000 block of North Park Street on Wednesday, August 30 at 8:37 a.m. on a report of two small children wandering in the roadway. Quickly police located a male and a female, both two years of age wearing damp, soiled clothing.After canvassing the area police found a home in the 1100 block of North Anderson Street with the back door standing open. After several loud announcements by police Emilee Keith, 22, of Greensburg, came to the door.When police entered they found the home to be in deplorable condition. Trash, food, waste, animal waste and clutter was reported throughout the home. Police said the amount of debris made it difficult to walk through the home.Keith was transported to the Decatur County Jail.
QPR have appointed former manager Chris Ramsey as technical director. The 53-year-old was sacked by the club in November, being replaced by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, but has returned to Loftus Road.Ramsey was in charge of Rangers between February and November last year, winning nine of his 32 games as they were relegated from the Barclays Premier League last season.And director of football Les Ferdinand revealed Ramsey had a clause in his contract which paved the way for his comeback.“Whilst we were disappointed things didn’t work out with Chris at first team level earlier in the season, we were determined to retain his services at QPR,” Ferdinand told the club’s official site.“As such, we actually put a clause in his contract which allowed us to retain Chris’s services in a player-development role should things not work out for him as head coach.“Chris knows academy football inside-out and having put the building blocks in place for a lot of the good restructuring work that’s been done here over the past 11 months, he can come in and make an instant impact in an environment he has helped build.”Ramsey will oversee coaching and coach education within the club’s academy and be responsible for developing and implementing player development strategies.He will also oversee the integration between the academy, development squad and first team, as well as focusing on the monitoring and reporting of players on loan to other clubs.Rangers are 16th in the Sky Bet Championship with Ramsey’s replacement Hasselbaink yet to win in six games in charge. 1 Chris Ramsey