CDC: Multistate Infection Outbreak Linked To Petland Puppies, 2 Pa. Cases Reported

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The CDC says epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates puppies sold at Petland are a likely source of the outbreak and the store chain is cooperating with health officials to address the outbreak. The 2009 investigation also revealed Petland also bought the dogs through brokers who worked as middlemen between the retail stores and those facilities. The cases were found in Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

Illnesses began on dates ranging from September 15, 2016 through August 12, 2017. Twenty eight patients are female. Nine of those cases have resulted in hospitalization. No deaths have been reported. Nine people have been hospitalized since last September, but no deaths have been reported, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Twelve were Petland employees.

The other 27 had either purchased a puppy from a Petland or come in contact with a dog purchased at one of the stores in another setting.

"Petland immediately provided the CDC with complete access to our stores, our staff, our consulting veterinarians, our operating procedures and our pets", the statement said.

The infection can spread through contact with dog poop.

The first cluster of illnesses was reported in OH on August 12, 2017, and several additional clusters have been identified in other states.

The agency is investigating an outbreak of a bacterial infection that gave 39 people in seven states stomach aches, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), vomiting, and fevers. The good news is that most people get well on their own.

Pregnant women, people over 65 and young children are most susceptible.

The U.S. agency says that infected people range in age from being less than a year old to 64 years old.

Look for a shiny, soft coat that doesn't have any feces on it. In 2017, so far, there were over 20 cases associated with dogs or puppies.

Dogs can carry this bacteria and not show any symptoms. The CDC recommends you take your puppy to the vet if he or she is experiencing diarrhea, troubled breathing, or a loss of appetite.

"Puppies clean themselves, they lick themselves, you pet the puppy and go eat a snack that would be a way to get it", Apking said. If your puppy dies, wait a few weeks before getting another pet to reduce the chance that dog will get sick. Children should have their hand washing supervised.

Choose a dog that is bright, alert and playful.

"Today the CDC posted an update of 39 cases of humans with campylobacter".

"The bacteria can be easily picked up during play with other puppies or from the environment, and is then ingested during grooming".

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