The Federal health officials have warned that puppies, especially those found in the pet shops, have re-emerged a nasty stomach bug that can cause bleeding and diarrhea. The cause behind this is a bacterium called Campylobacter jejuni. It is the most common bacterial reasons for diarrhea worldwide and is usually accompanied by fever and stomach cramps. Although most conditions are relatively mild as well as self-limiting, it can take up to seven days for human bodies to clear the infection. The officers have warned the pet dog keepers to be aware and careful.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of December 17, at least 30 people in 13 states had Campylobacter jejuni disease the same as Campylobacter jejuni. Although four people were hospitalized, none died. Almost all of the victims interviewed (21 of 24) remembered visiting the pet shops shortly before their symptoms appeared. Of these encounters, 15 people encountered puppies at a pet store, and 12 of them encountered puppies at a Petland store. Among the patients, five of them are Petland employees. Most commonly, the specific strain of Campylobacter jejuni found in these people is genetically similar to this strain, which strained 113 people in an outbreak between 2016 and 2018. This has been linked to puppies in pet stores. Another disturbing aspect of the era is that both strains are resistant to first-line antibiotics used to treat more severe cases.
Although infected dogs may show symptoms similar to humans, especially when they are puppies, they can also spread the disease and look very healthy. Therefore, the CDC recommends that anyone handling puppies and dogs to wash their hands thoroughly afterward. The owner of the new dog should also schedule an inspection within a few days, and if you notice any signs of illness, including slow movements, no food, and diarrhea, take them to your veterinarian immediately. Another recommendation from the CDC is that people should avoid having dogs lick their faces and mouths, although this advice may be challenging to follow.