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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are studying an epidemic. These bacterial infections called Campylobacter seem to be related to puppies in Petland retail stores.


Since September 2016, at least 39 people have been sick with the bacteria and nine have been hospitalized. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported so far.


The CDC, together with the Ohio Department of Health, several other states, and USDA-APHIS, USDA-APHIS, of the United States Department of Agriculture, are attempting to identify the issue of infection.


Contact tracking in seven states – Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin – revealed that each disease involved the same strain of bacteria.


This bacterium would also have been found in dog specimens samples. Other tests are ongoing involving several puppies.


A dozen people who got sick because of these Campylobacter are employees of Petland. The other 27 people either bought a puppy or played with one at Petland.


Patients who were infected were between 1 and 64 years old. The states with the most reported incidents are Ohio (18 diagnoses) and Florida (11 diagnoses).


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Amelie Delobel

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