Pet store puppies linked to multistate bacteria outbreak

- Puppies sold at a national pet store chain are believed to be behind a multistate bacteria outbreak that has sickened more than three dozen people.

Thirty-nine people in seven states, including Wisconsin, have become ill due to the Campylobacter infection, which can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say all the patients were exposed to puppies sold through Petland, a national pet store chain.

Campylobacter is spread through contact with dog poop. It does not usually spread from one person to another.  According to the CDC, any puppy or dog, regardless of where they come from, may carry the Campylobacter germ.

Nine people have been hospitalized so far.

Petland is cooperating with public health and animal officials to address the outbreak. In a statement, Petland said it was advised by the CDC to “continue doing what we are already doing and to continue to educate customer and staff to sanitize their hands after handling our puppies.”

The investigation into the outbreak is ongoing. More details can be found here

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