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Aug 9, 2010 9:11 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Pet food causing salmonella in kids

Keep young kids away from the pet food.

That advice comes from researchers who are reporting the first known salmonella outbreak in humans linked to dry pet food. Most of the victims are young children. And the experts don't think they're actually eating the pet food. They think the kids probably became infected by touching affected animals or dirty pet food dishes, and then putting their hands in their mouths.

The report deals with an outbreak that sickened 79 people in 21 states, mostly in the eastern part of the country, between 2006 and 2008. It's published online by the medical journal Pediatrics.

The authors recommend washing hands after contact with pets, pet food and pet bowls. They say those bowls should be routinely cleaned -- and not in the kitchen or the bathtub.

Children younger than 5 should be kept away from pet food and feeding areas.

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