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.
Brian O’Driscoll sat out part of Ireland’s team run at the Aviva Stadium in their final session before Saturday’s opening autumn international against Samoa. Specialist defensive coach Kiss confirmed O’Driscoll is fully fit to start though, and only sat out as part of a workload agreed with head coach Joe Schmidt. Cian Healy, new full-time captain Paul O’Connell and muscular flanker Sean O’Brien all lie in wait on Ireland’s bench to be unleashed in the second half against the Pacific Islands nation. Experienced 50-cap scrum-half Eoin Reddan and accomplished Leinster out-half Ian Madigan are also named among the replacements. New boss Schmidt is renowned for stacking his benches to unleash a bevy of second-half talent and change the complexion of a match if required. Kiss admitted the new Ireland chief will transfer that Leinster tactic to the national job – but said those assets will be useless without big impact from the starting XV. He explained: “You can look at that bench and say there’s a fair bit of strike power there. But that’s for later in the game. “We’ve got to make sure we start the game well and put ourselves in a strong position. “If we don’t do that then the bench won’t be important and won’t be able to make any impact at all. “They are a lethal unit if they get going, so we’ve been making sure our guys have their heads in the right place for this game. “When you haven’t got the ball against this team, the minute you switch off or decide to take a rest, you’ll be found out in one aspect or another. “They’ve got some big powerful forwards who can go through the middle, or work around the edges of the ruck. “Tusi Pisi is a real handful at fly-half if you give him space to work, and Johnny Leota and Pisi have built a great combination in midfield there. “Their running lines and the way they can carry and damage a defensive line are things we need to be aware of, and they have a lot of speed. “But they don’t mind kicking the ball either, in varying situations, to challenge your back field. “It really is a challenge across the park, so defensively we’ve got to have our hats on. “They can hurt you at any time, and it really is a challenge against this side. “I think in the last five Tests they have averaged three tries a Test, and that’s against good teams, beating Wales amongst that, beating Scotland and Italy. “So they will be very confident about where they are.” Ireland’s replacements bench heavy artillery will be useless unless the starting line-out subdue potent Samoa, warns assistant coach Les Kiss. Press Association