Puppies may be making people sick, CDC says CNN

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There have been no reported deaths, though at least four people have been hospitalized, according to the CDC. Numerous infections have been traced to the national pet store chain Petland, suggesting a pretty clear link between puppies from the stores and the eventual infections.

In addition, 12 of those 15 people were linked to the chain pet store Petland.

If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer until you are able to wash your hands with soap and water.

Thirty people from 13 states have been infected with Campylobacter jejuni.

Taking a new puppy home from the pet store can be an incredibly exciting experience. So, "people who own, work with or come in contact with puppies or dogs should take steps to stay healthy".

At least five of those infected were Petland employees, according to the CDC.

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Most of the cases were reported in Minnesota and OH, with the illnesses having starting between early January and mid-November, according to the CDC.

Illnesses began between January 6, 2019, and November 10, 2019.

Of the 24 sickened people who were interviewed by the CDC, 21 reported being in contact with a puppy - and 15 of them held dogs at pet stores. Those infected range in age from 8 months to 70 years, with a median age of 34, and 52 percent of the illnesses were in females.

The CDC told sick people in the outbreak if their stool sample grew campylobacter jejuni and also had a bond with the puppies, or if they had an infection closely related genetically with a confirmed case as linked to the puppies. Symptoms typically appear within two to give days after exposure and last for around a week.

The CDC has not yet identified one common supplier of puppies.

As for how to protect yourself from such an infection, especially if you're welcoming a new puppy into your home this holiday season, the CDC recommends regularly washing your hands and ensuring any young children are also in the habit of washing up after petting a new puppy.

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