The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are now 39 confirmed cases in 7 states of human Campylobacter infections. Believe it or not, the source turned out to be puppies sold by a national pet store chain called Petland, Inc. There are now no cases in the New York Area.
As of September 11, a total of 39 people have fallen ill in seven states, including 11 cases in Florida, five in Kansas, one in Missouri, 18 in OH, two in Pennsylvania, one in Tennessee and one in Wisconsin.
Of the 39 cases of the bacterial infection linked to Petland, 12 of the people worked at Petland, while the other 27 recently bought a puppy there, visited a store, or visited/live in a home where a Petland puppy lives.
Nine people have been hospitalized so far. Petland is cooperating with public health and animal health officials to address this outbreak. But don't be fooled by those big eyes and floppy ears: Despite their undeniable cuteness, they can carry a nasty bacteria that causes an infection which will make you miserable for a few days-a fact that 39 people across the USA can now confirm, unfortunately. In a statement, the company writes, "The CDC has not identified any failures of Petland's operating system that would lead to any Campylobacter infection".
The Petland store in Topeka said the CDC has not contacted them and would contact them to test their puppies if it was there.
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You don't typically come into contact with Campylobacter and get sick immediately. Rankin says that she's seen many outbreak investigations, and it can be hard to pin down the exact cause.
Campylobacter infections aren't fun, but they happen pretty frequently.. About 47 percent of raw chicken samples tested in 2011 were positive for Campylobacter, according to the CDC. The bacteria incubates in your body for up to seven days before you develop symptoms, Richard Watkins, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University and an infectious disease specialist in Akron, Ohio, tells SELF. Overall, campylobacteriosis - which occurs much more frequently in the summer months than in the winter - is estimated to affect over 1.3 million persons every year. Poultry processing gets rid of most of it, but some of the bacteria can still be present sometimes in packaged poultry. The CDC says people typically need antibiotics only if they're immune compromised or at high risk of complications.
The CDC also recommends quickly disposing of dog poop using disposable gloves, as well as regular visits to the veterinarian to keep your dog healthy.
The best way to avoid infection through pets is by thorough hand-washing after cleaning up after them and even after playing with them, she said.
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