CDC investigating infection outbreak linked to puppies from Petland

CDC investigating infection outbreak linked to puppies from Petland

CDC investigating infection outbreak linked to puppies from Petland

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.

As of September 11, a total of 39 people have fallen ill in seven states, including 11 cases in Florida, five in Kansas, one in Missouri, 18 in OH, two in Pennsylvania, one in Tennessee and one in Wisconsin. Of the patients, 18 lives in OH, 11 in Florida, five in Kansas, two in Pennsylvania, one in Missouri, one in Tennessee and one in Wisconsin.

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

"According to the CDC, almost 1.3 million people in the United States are affected each year by Campylobacter", Petland said in a news release.

Nine people have been hospitalized so far but no deaths have been reported.

At least 12 people are Petland employees and the others are those who bought puppies from the store or those who visited a home where a Petland puppy lives.

All of the infected patients were exposed to the puppies in Petland stores.

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The source of an ongoing multistate Campylobacter outbreak has recently been identified, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The infection presents more risks to people with weak immune systems such as people with cancer, elderly, and newborns.

Petland is cooperating with officials in the investigation.

The owner of the Topeka Petland, Stacy Williams, told 13 NEWS their store has not been affected by the outbreak.

"The CDC has not identified any failures of Petland's operating system that would lead to any campylobacter infection", Elizabeth Kunzelman, a spokeswoman for the company, said in an email. Petland also stressed that they provided the CDC with complete access to their stores, staff, consulting veterinarians, operation procedures, and pets. The best way to of avoid being contaminated with the bacteria is through proper hand washing. The most important thing to coping with a Campylobacter infection is to stay hydrated. Extra care is needed so that children playing with puppies also wash their hands carefully.

The Ohio-based company says in a statement that it is working with the CDC in the investigation.

Campylobacter can cause diarrhea, vomiting and fever in dogs, but symptoms aren't always apparent or obvious.

But the agency urged potential adopters to 'pick a puppy or dog that is bright, alert, and playful, ' and to have a vet make sure the new family member has a clean bill of health.

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