The Ohio Department of Health, some other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are exploring a multistate outbreak of Campylobacter infections related to puppies sold through Petland, a national pet store chain.
According to CDC, Campylobacter is common in dogs and it can spread easily to people. Diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain are the symptoms of this infection.
Around 39 people are suffering from this outbreak with Campylobacter infections and they are from seven states including five cases in Kanas, 18 in Ohio, 11 in Florida, two in Pennsylvania, one in Tennessee and one in Wisconsin. According to the officials, since September 15, 2016, nine people have been hospitalized but no deaths reported.
Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence has found that Petland stores are the source of this outbreak. Petland is assisting the office of public health and animal health to direct this outbreak.
In the United States, around 14 cases of every 100,000 people are diagnosed each year. Campylobacteriosis mostly occurs in the summer months which affect over 1.3 million people every year according to CDC.
But within five days, patients recuperate without any treatment and extra fluid drinking is a recommendation of health specialists. There are rare complicated cases of infections which include paralysis and even death.
The CDC said, “Wash your hands thoroughly after touching dogs, their poop, on their food. Take extra care those children playing with the puppies also wash their hands carefully.”
People who have weak immunity power or people who are suffering from cancer are at high risk of serious infection. Further investigation is going on and CDC is working with major health departments.