Puppy-Mill Germs Jump To Humans; Pet Lovers Warned

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Dog disease that can be passed along to humans confirmed in Iowa

| New York Daily News – Officials are warning about a disease in dogs that can be contracted by humans.

Iowa State Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand confirmed multiple cases of canine brucellosis originating from a small dog commercial breeding facility in Marion County.

The state is in the process of notifying those who have been exposed to the affected dogs.

“Both the animals and the facilities are quarantined,” a statement read. “If pet owners have recently acquired a new, small breed dog from Marion Co., they should contact their veterinarian.”

[Note: puppies sold in pet stores could come from anywhere; consumers have little way of knowing where a puppy was bred or shipped from. – Ed.]

Canine brucellosis is a zoonotic bacterial disease. It can be transmitted from an infected animal to humans through contaminated reproductive fluids, including blood, tissues and fluids from a birthing process.

Humans exposed to the disease may experience fever, sweats, headache, joint pain and weakness.

In dogs, it can cause infertility, spontaneous abortions and stillbirths. Read more. 


– Should puppy mills be outlawed or further regulated?
– Should pet lovers boycott stores and breeders and get a shelter pet?
– Is the spread of animal diseases to humans an important concern?

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