"Interviews with ill people and laboratory evidence indicate that contact with puppies, especially those from pet stores, is the source of this outbreak".
Puppies in pet stores appear to have transmitted a risky, antibiotic-resistant germ that's sickened 30 people across 13 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned.
The CDC has not yet identified one common supplier of puppies. While most cases will clear on their own without antibiotics, in some cases, people may require medication or hospitalization. Many cases of people infected with the outbreak had contact with puppies, or worked in pet stores. The CDC also reported that a majority of those infected individuals had visited the national pet store chain named Petland.
In addition, testing shows that bacteria from people infected with Campylobacter in the current outbreak are related genetically to a 2016-2018 outbreak of multidrug-resistant Campylobacter infections linked to pet store puppies.
If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer until you are able to wash your hands with soap and water. Of the 12 people linked to Petland, 5 are employees. A list of each state and the number of confirmed cases can be found on the Map Cases Report page of the CDC. Of the 21 people reporting contact with a puppy, 15 reported contact with a puppy from a pet store.
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This included three people from Kentucky.
Some of the illnesses date as far back as January 2019 and people who have been infected range from 8 months to 70 years old. The symptoms include diarrhea, stomach cramps and fever and usually last for about a week.
Health officials advise pet owners to take steps to stay healthy around their pet including washing hands after touching a puppy, after handling their food, and after cleaning up after them.
Health officials say it is one of the most common causes of diarrheal illness in the US and those with Campylobacter infection usually recover on their own.