Mulitstate outbreak of Campylobacter infection linked to puppies

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FORT MYERS, Fla. The Center for Disease control is investigating an outbreak of a potentially deadly bacteria that can spread from dogs to humans.

Campylobacter has spread to 15 states across the country, the CDC said. The disease can cause diarrhea, cramping and fevers.

“It’s a bacteria that I usually associate with a food poisoning, just like salmonella,” Veterinarian Jonathan Shivers said.

At least 67 people became sick from the multi-drug resistant illness, the CDC said. 93 percent of the infections are believed to be linked to puppies at or from a Petland store.

Shivers advises people to take precaution when around unfamiliar dogs, especially with puppies.

“You just want to make sure you have good hygiene, and practice good hygiene techniques like washing your hands especially when handling younger dogs,” he said.

More than a quarter of those infected have been hospitalized, according to the CDC. But no deaths were reported from the outbreak linked to Petland.

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