Puppies at Ohio pet stores linked to infection outbreak impacting humans, CDC warns

Puppies at Ohio pet stores linked to infection outbreak impacting humans, CDC warns
Puppies at Wynne Animal Rescue (Source: WMC Action News 5)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an infectious outbreak in 13 states, including Ohio, is linked to people touching puppies at pet stores.

As of Dec. 17, Campylobacter jejuni, a multidrug-resistant infection, has been confirmed in 30 people.

Map of reported cases
Map of reported cases (Source: CDC)

Four people have been hospitalized during the outbreak.

The CDC says the outbreak is linked to people touching puppies, especially those at pet stores.

Symptoms of a Campylobacter infection include bloody diarrhea, a fever, and stomach cramps that last up to five days.

To help eliminate the chance of being infected, the CDC warns people to always wash their hands thoroughly after touching a puppy, handling pet food, or cleaning up after them. It’s also recommended to not let dogs lick around the face or open wounds.

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