Whole genome sequencing showed samples of Campylobacter isolated from the stool of puppies sold through Petland in Florida were closely related to Campylobacter isolated from the stool of an ill person in Ohio.
Thirty-nine people in the USA contracted an infection called Campylobacter from puppies this year, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in an outbreak notice on Monday.
Campylobacter is a bacterial infection passed through fecal matter. It is often a foodborne disease that affects around 2 million people in the US alone on an annual basis.
As of September 11, the agency noticed the signs of a campylobacter outbreak as 39 people reported such symptoms.
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According to the CDC, at least 39 people across seven states have confirmed or suspected cases of Campylobacter bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever. Nine of the victims needed hospitalization services, yet there was no fatal outcome for any of them.
The illnesses started from September 15, 2016 to August 12, 2017, with the most recent illness reported on September 1, 2017.
Usually, not all people report their symptoms and the infection goes undetected.
Nearly every patient recovers within five days without treatment, though drinking extra fluids is recommended. However, there are cases of complications which led to paralysis and even death.
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People with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and people with cancer or other severe illnesses, are most at risk for a serious infection. Infected individuals range in age from less than 1 year old to 64 years of age; 72% of those infected are female. In a national response, Petland says the CDC has not identified any failure in Petland's operating system and notes that any puppy or dog can carry the germ. CDC recommends washing hands after handling puppies or other pet animals.
A spokesperson for the company saying in part quote, "The health and well-being of our pets, staff, and customers is Petland's utmost priority and concern".
The CDC has advised pet owners to take particular care to clean up after their dogs and wash their hands thoroughly.
Most people become infected with campylobacteriosis through eating raw or undercooked poultry. Pick up and dispose dog poop carefully, especially in areas where children might play.
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