The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced an investigation into an unusual outbreak that spread across several states. There are 39 confirmed cases of people with campylobacter. The infection has allegedly stemmed from a national pet store chain that sold sick puppies to customers.
The Campylobacter Outbreak Infected 39 People across Seven States
According to CDC, campylobacteriosis is a common infection among humans. It is often a foodborne disease that affects around 2 million people in the U.S. alone on an annual basis. The symptoms usually don’t last longer than a week and can include pain, fever, cramps, and diarrhea.
As of September 11, the agency noticed the signs of a campylobacter outbreak as 39 people reported such symptoms. The cases were registered in seven states including Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Missouri, and Kansas. Nine of the victims needed hospitalization services, yet there was no fatal outcome for any of them. The first case that started this outbreak appeared on September 15, 2016.
Usually, not all people report their symptoms and the infection goes undetected. Nonetheless, patients have high chances of recovery within five days from their contamination without following any treatment. However, there are cases of complications which led to paralysis and even death. The infection presents more risks to people with weak immune systems such as people with cancer, elderly, and newborns.
The CDC Found No Safety Breach at the Pet Store Chain That Could Have Spread an Infection
The new outbreak affected people with ages between 1 and 64. Only 11 of them were male, and 12 were Petland workers. Out of the total of 39, 27 either bought a puppy from this pet store chain or had contact with a house that hosted a puppy purchased through this company.
On the other hand, the CDC investigated and found no health breach at Petland that would cause such an outbreak. Therefore, the agency encouraged the organization to continue their same safety procedures. For extra safety measures, employees should educate customers on hygiene routine after handling puppies.
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