Puppies from pet store chain sicken 39 people in 7 states

TOPEKA, Kansas (KSNT) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a multistate outbreak of infections linked to contact with puppies sold through Petland, a national pet store chain with locations in Kansas.

The CDC said investigators are looking for the source of campylobacter infections in people and puppies so they can recommend how to stop the outbreak and prevent more illnesses.

As of Monday, the outbreak includes 39 cases in 7 states including Kansas, Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Five cases have been reported in Kansas so far.

According to the CDC, illnesses began on Sept. 15, 2016. The most recent illness was reported on September 1, 2017.

Nine people have been hospitalized so far but no deaths have been reported.

Epidemiologic and laboratory findings have linked the outbreak to contact with puppies sold through Petland stores. According to the CDC report, among the 39 ill people, 12 are Petland employees from 4 states and 27 either recently purchased a puppy at Petland, visited a Petland, or visited or live in a home with a puppy sold through Petland before illness began.

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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