Bacterial Infections In Kansas, 6 Other States Linked To Pet Store Puppies

Bacterial Infections In Kansas, 6 Other States Linked To Pet Store Puppies

Bacterial Infections In Kansas, 6 Other States Linked To Pet Store Puppies

The CDC is investigating a multistate outbreak of human Campylobacter infections linked to puppies sold through Petland, a national pet store chain with headquarters in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Dozens of people in several states have gotten sick from a bacteria they got from puppies. Believe it or not, the source turned out to be puppies sold by a national pet store chain called Petland, Inc. According to the CDC report, among the 39 ill people, 12 are Petland employees from 4 states and 27 either recently purchased a puppy at Petland, visited a Petland, or visited or live in a home with a puppy sold through Petland before illness began.

At least nine people have been hospitalized. Petland is cooperating with public health and animal health officials to address this outbreak. The company says that accordance with the CDC's advice, they will continue their efforts to encourage handwashing after contact with puppies. In a statement, the company writes, "The CDC has not identified any failures of Petland's operating system that would lead to any Campylobacter infection". Finally, you need to contact your veterinarian if you see signs of illness in your puppy or dog. Shelley Rankin, an associate professor of microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine, says that the biggest risk factor is that they're puppies. Rankin says that she's seen many outbreak investigations, and it can be hard to pin down the exact cause. According to the CDC, it is "one of the most common causes of diarrheal illness in the United States".

Campylobacter can spread through contact with dog feces. According to the CDC, symptoms typically appear within 2-5 days of being exposed to the bacteria.

SLU Care infectious diseases specialist Dr. Nirav Patel at SSM Health SLU Hospital says it's largely associated with unpasteurized foods, chicken, poultry and other animals, in this case dogs.

For every 100,000 people, 14 cases of Campylobacter infection are diagnosed each year. Overall, campylobacteriosis - which occurs much more frequently in the summer months than in the winter - is estimated to affect over 1.3 million persons every year. Infected individuals range in age from less than 1 year old to 64 years of age; 72% of those infected are female. That's why washing your hands after cleaning up after your pet is so important. The best way to of avoid being contaminated with the bacteria is through proper hand washing. Pick up and dispose dog poop carefully, especially in areas where children might play.

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