Greenfield, WI, September 28, 2017: A common germ carried by puppies has led to the hospitalization of 9 people and has infected at least 30 more, according to a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“This infection, Campylobacter, is fairly common in puppies and dogs. It is easily passed to humans”, said Dr. Marla Lichtenberger, Owner – Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals.
Federal health officials have linked the infection to puppies sold at Petland in seven states – Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. The infected people are also spread across those states.
As of Monday, the pet chain store was said to be cooperating with public and animal health officials to address the outbreak.
Dr. Lichtenberger cautioned, “This bacteria is an extremely common cause of diarrhea and infects millions each year. It can be nearly impossible to tell if a dog is carrying Campylobacter – they may have no symptoms at all.”
Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals asks you be vigilant, however, and advises:
• Pregnant women, children and the elderly are most susceptible.
• Wash hands thoroughly after touching dogs, their feces, food or toys.
• Dispose of dog poop immediately.
• Symptoms include diarrhea, blood in stool, fever, stomach cramps, nausea, and vomiting. Seek medical attention for your pet if they experience any of these indications.
About the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals
The Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals and Specialty Services (MECA), located in Greenfield, WI, is dedicated to providing the highest quality emergency and surgical care to small and exotic animals. It is Wisconsin’s state-of-the-art 24-hour Veterinary Animal Hospital specializing in critical care and pet emergencies.
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