39 people sickened from dogs sold at pet stores

39 people sickened from dogs sold at pet stores

39 people sickened from dogs sold at pet stores

The outbreak included 12 Petland employees and 27 people who either purchased puppies, visited them at a Petland store, or lived in a house with a purchased puppy, Fox News reported.

The bacteria can spread through contact with animal feces.

Investigators are looking for the source of infections in people and puppies so they can recommend how to stop the outbreak and prevent more illnesses in order to protect human and animal health. The CDC said it's closely working with the Ohio Department of Health to investigate the Campylobacter outbreak and its point of origin.

Campylobacter can cause diarrhea, vomiting and fever in dogs, but symptoms aren't always apparent or obvious. But usually, when people get sick from their pet, it's an isolated case that's not part of a larger outbreak. According to a news release posted on the CDC's website, the confirmed cases were discovered in Florida, Kansas, Ohio, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin, with the most recent reported on September 1, 2017.

The campylobacter illnesses began on September 15, 2016, and the most recent case was reported on September 1. The company, which says it only sells puppies from breeders licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and with clean federal inspection reports, provides a "Health Warranty" to purchasers of puppies and kittens saying the animal has been examined by two or three veterinarians before being offered for sale.

Twitter users blamed puppy mills for the infections and advised adopting a pet from a shelter.

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In an interview, Matthew Liebman, director of litigation for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, said, "It's not hard to see how animals raised in these cramped and unsanitary conditions, trucked hundreds of miles from puppy mills to the pet stores, intermingled with other fragile young animals and handled by numerous employees and customers could become disease vectors". The 2009 investigation also revealed Petland also bought the dogs through brokers who worked as middlemen between the retail stores and those facilities.

Campylobacter is the most common illness that humans contract from both dogs and cats, according to the CDC.

The CDC says the infection, called Campylobacter, is common in dogs, and passes to people easily.

Pick up and dispose dog poop carefully, especially in areas where children might play. "Puppies and dogs should have shiny, soft fur that is free of poop (feces)".

Contact your veterinarian if you notice any signs of illness in your puppy or dog.

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