CDC WARNING infection linked to pet store puppies across 13 states....
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that more than two dozen people have been sickened by bacteria linked to pet store puppies, with the germs resistant to first-line antibiotics.
The agency is investigating the outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni in 13 states, with 30 cases reported as of Tuesday. Four people had to be hospitalized, but no one has died.
The bacteria is closely related to germs that infected more than 100 people during a 2016–2018 Campylobacter outbreak, which was also linked to pet store puppies, the CDC said.
A dozen cases were linked to Petland, the national chain, including five people who were Petland employees. In a statement, Petland noted that more than one-third of the 2019 cases have been found in people living in places where it doesn’t have stores.
Campylobacter causes 1.5 million illnesses each year in the U.S., according to the CDC. Symptoms include diarrhea that’s often bloody, fever and stomach cramps. The illness usually lasts about a week and most people recover without having to take antibiotics.
The best prevention is basic hygiene. People should always wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching a puppy or dog, after handling their food and after cleaning up after them, the CDC advised
They also advise to supervise children around dogs and to not let the animals lick your mouth, face, open wounds or any area with broken skin.
According to the CDC, Campylobacter infections affect more than 1.5 million people annually but most cases go undiagnosed or unreported. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps
Health officials say it is one of the most common causes of diarrheal illness in the U.S. and those with Campylobacter infection usually recover on their own. Some people require antibiotic treatment.
Contact your physician if you are concerned.
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