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8 Week Old Baby Sickened by Dry Dog Food

People think I'm phobic about washing my hands after touching animals and their food. Here's a reason why. I also don't believe animals have less germs than humans. Some things we aren't able to fight that an animal can. It makes me gag when people let dogs lick their babies' and anyone else's faces!

A NJ father claims his 8-week-old son was sickened by salmonella-tainted dry dog food is suing the maker of the recalled product and Costco, the store that sold it.

Lawyers for Nevin Eisenberg, 37, of Marlboro, N.J., filed a lawsuit last week in federal court in New Jersey alleging that products made by Diamond Pet Food Processors of Gaston, S.C., landed the infant in the hospital with an infection caused by a rare strain of salmonella Infantis.

“He was really worried, really freaking out,” said Elliot L. Olsen, an attorney representing Eisenberg.

That’s the same salmonella strain identified in an outbreak that has sickened 15 people in nine states and another in Canada, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The lawsuit appears to be the first linked to the outbreak tied to the recall of nearly a dozen brands of dry pet food manufactured by Diamond Pet Food Processors, including several of Costco Wholesale Corp.'s Kirkland Signature brands of dog and cat food. The pet food was distributed in dozens of U.S. states, mostly in the east and south, several Canadian provinces and Puerto Rico.

In Eisenberg’s case, the child identified only as C.A.E. developed severe diarrhea, fever and loss of appetite. “Moreover, he was in obvious pain and was extremely uncomfortable,” the suit claims.

The child’s parents took him to a pediatrician, who sent the child immediately to the emergency room at St. Peter's University Hospital. He was hospitalized for three days. Tests of stool samples were positive for salmonella, later confirmed by Monmouth County, N.J., Health Department officials to be salmonella Infantis.

“They were really worried, especially when they saw the child was sick enough to be hospitalized,” Olsen said.

It is not clear how the child may have contracted the illness, Olsen said. The father had been buying bulk bags of Costco dry food at a store in Morganville, N.J., for months for the family’s two dogs, Bailey, an 85-pound retriever mix, and Gracie, a 15-pound rat terrier mix. The dogs did not get sick.

Samples of the family’s pet food sent to Monmouth County for laboratory analysis did not test positive for salmonella, Olsen said. He suggested that the contamination with the rare salmonella strain could have come from an earlier batch.

The contamination was detected in April when routine tests by Michigan agriculture officials detected salmonella in an unopened bag of Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food. Public health investigators then used the CDC's PulseNet service to identify recent cases of human illness with a genetic fingerprint that matched the strain found in the bag of dry food.

Diamond Pet Food officials did not answer calls seeking comment on how much of the recalled food has been returned.

CDC officials said people can transmit salmonella germs after contact with contaminated pet food or pets. Salmonella can be shed in the stool of pets for four to six weeks after infections.

Health officials are urging consumers to check their homes for recalled pet food and discard it promptly in sealed containers to prevent other animals from accessing it.

Pet owners should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and running water after contact with animals or their food.

Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most cases resolve on their own, but in children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, hospitalization may be necessary.

The baby is recovering, Olsen said, but such a young child will have to be closely watched for signs of organ damage after a severe infection.

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Re: 8 Week Old Baby Sickened by Dry Dog Food

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"It makes me gag when people let dogs lick their babies' faces!"

True, don't know what kinda germs the little people pick up from animals, no matter what sort they are.

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Re: 8 Week Old Baby Sickened by Dry Dog Food

Infants have compromised immune systems. Just found out recently, since I have no children, mothers' milk is best because it changes to accomodate the baby's changing system. My niece told me it even contains ingredients to help them sleep, as well as helping their immune systems kick in.

I always wash my hands when I come into a house with children. My nephew is 16 months old and I won't touch him until I wash my hands.

I don't like anything licking my face though :)

A good defense attorney for the dog food company can test the home and see if the parents are not as clean as they think and turn that around to prove them negligent.

I wish no harm to this baby or any baby, but, there was a problem with dog food a few months ago and this guy may be jumping on that band wagon.

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Re: 8 Week Old Baby Sickened by Dry Dog Food

As much as I loved all of my dogs I have had over the years licking my face was always rank to me.

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