Campylobacter Infections in People Linked to Puppies

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with other agencies, is investigating a multistate outbreak of human Campylobacter infections.

The infections are linked to puppies sold through a national pet store chain.

The outbreak includes 39 people with laboratory-confirmed Campylobacter infections or symptoms consistent with Campylobacter infection. They live in seven states — Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin — and were exposed to puppies sold through the chain. Campylobacter can spread through contact with dog feces.

Most people who become ill with campylobacteriosis, the infectious disease caused by bacteria of the genus Campylobacter, get diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain and fever within two to five days after exposure to the organism. The illness typically lasts about one week. Some infected persons do not have any symptoms.

In persons with compromised immune systems, Campylobacter occasionally spreads to the bloodstream and can cause a life-threatening infection.

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