Petstore Puppies Linked to Campylobacter Outbreak in 7 States

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
As if we need more reasons to not buy dogs from pet stores, the CDC warns that a national pet chain store is responsible for an outbreak of a puppy infection that leads to Campylobacter infections in humans.

Puppies from Petland pet store in seven states have been linked to 39 cases of Campylobacter infection in humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The infection brings with it fever, stomach cramping, bloody diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. It is spread through the feces of dogs, but does not spread human to human.

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Nine of the people infected have been hospitalized since the outbreak, as it can lead to severe dehydration and other issues. Of the infected humans, 12 were employees of Petland stores, and 27 either recently bought or visited with A Petland puppy. Petland is cooperating with the CDC to get to the source and resolution of the infection.

The seven states that have been linked to this infection are: Kansas, Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Tennessee. The specific Petland stores believed to have been involved with the infection have not been released yet, but the CDC recommends anyone who has visited with puppies at any Petland store be careful.

They recommend puppy/pet owners wash their hands often, and if puppies bought look sick or sluggish, they should contact vets immediately. More, they advise not letting puppies lick faces–which is pretty much a given for a puppy.

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Petland says that the CDC has not found any of Petland’s handling protocol or procedures to be at cause thus far, and Associate Professor of microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine Shelley Rankin says that a big risk factor is that they are simply puppies with weak immune systems. It’s often difficult to pinpoint a cause, but it also stands to reason the small quarters and often suspicious origins of pets bought from pet stores may be at play.

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