Dogs with bacterial disease discovered in Iowa

Dog shelter

Dog shelter

The disease originated from a small dog-breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa, and both the animals and the building in question are now being quarantined while the pups undergo clinical testing.

State veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand confirmed multiple cases of Canine Brucellosis originating from a small dog breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

An Iowa State University fact sheet on the disease recommends protective clothing, including gloves and masks, for anyone handling reproductive tissues and assisting with the delivery of newborn puppies, and says "always wash your hands after touching animals".

Following confirmation of the disease's spread from state health officials, authorities warned those who'd "recently acquired a new, small breed dog" from Marion County to call their veterinarian, Fox News reported Monday.

In dogs, numerous symptoms are related to the reproductive system, with an increased risk of stillbirths and miscarriages as well as infertility.

Owners in possession of dogs who were potentially exposed to the infected canines have been notified. But the good news is, most people are not at high risk for infection. Infections in humans can cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, headaches and back pain but are rare, as are cases involving infection of the human nervous system, eyes or heart, according to the university. "Arthritis (joint pain) and re-occurring fevers may occur with long term infection".

The disease can survive for months but can be eliminated with heat and disinfectants.

"We have not received any results yet", the organization said on Facebook. "Please pray for our sweet babies that were finally getting the chance to have a happy life".

According to the Center for Food Security and Public Health, Canine Brucellosis "causes reproductive problems in dogs".

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