"Petland is cooperating with public health and animal health officials to address this outbreak".
Campylobacter spreads through contact with a dog's feces but rarely spreads from person to person.
OH has 18 cases, being the state with the most cases reported. According to a news release posted on the CDC's website, the confirmed cases were discovered in Florida, Kansas, Ohio, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin, with the most recent reported on September 1, 2017. OH has seen 18 cases, Florida 11, Pennsylvania, two, and Wisconsin and Tennessee with one apiece.
So far nine people have been hospitalized.
Campylobacter can cause a gastrointestinal illness in humans with symptoms of diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, vomiting, and fever. The federal health agency says that some cases go undiagnosed, but an estimated 1.3 million people get the disease each year in the U.S. A strand of the infection found in the stool of puppies sold from a Petland store in Florida, closely resembled the bacteria found in a human in OH, the CDC said.
Kunzelman emailed a statement saying that the questionnaire the CDC used to trace the cases "was not consistent and didn't ask the same questions related to type of food the dogs ate or contact with other dogs".
The people affected all range in age from under a year old to 64 years old, with the sicknesses occurring within the last year. Petland is proud of our commitment to quality controls and record keeping and we are happy to help the CDC in this new endeavor.
Regardless of where they are from, any puppies and dogs may carry Campylobacter germs.
The Campylobacter bacteria is a common cause of diarrheal illness. The disease does not usually spread from person to person, the CDC said.
People with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and people with cancer or other severe illnesses, are most at risk for a serious infection.
Since the infection can be silent, the CDC cautions pet owners to carefully wash their hands after cleaning up their dog, as the Campylobacter bacteria spreads through contact with dog poop. The CDC advises taking a new dog to the veterinarian for a check-up within a few days or week after adoption. More than 200 cities and counties have enacted laws that ban pet shops from selling so-called puppy mill puppies, and Petland is now the only major national chain selling dogs from commercial breeders.