A new report indicates your dog may be harboring an illness that could be passed on to you if you're not careful.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sounding the alarm about puppies sold in a nationwide chain of 80 pet stores that authorities have linked to 55 people getting sick, including 13 who require hospitalization. The outbreak started in mid September and the disease has spread from seven to 12 states, with the listi now including the following: Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The bacteria in question is Campylobacter, which is common in puppies and dogs and fairly unusual to see in a large outbreak of human infections, as most cases involve eating raw or undercooked meat or from cross contamination. The symptoms include bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.
Lab results indicate that puppies sold through Petland, an Ohio-based chain, were the source of the outbreak, as 35 of the people sickened had recently bought a puppy at Petland or visiting one of the stores. In fact, 14 are employees at Petland.
“The Ohio Department of Health, several other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) are investigating a multistate outbreak of human Campylobacter infections linked to puppies sold through Petland, a national pet store chain,” the CDC statement reads. “16 more ill people with a Campylobacter infection linked to the outbreak have been reported since September 11, 2017. The most recent illness began on September 12, 2017. As of October 3, a total of 55 people with laboratory-confirmed infections or symptoms consistent with Campylobacter infection who live in 12 states (Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming) have been linked to this outbreak.”