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Dog disease found in Iowa that can infect people

14 May 2019, 02:25 | Silvia Roy

Multiple cases of disease that can be transmitted from dogs to humans confirmed in Iowa

Multiple cases of disease that can be transmitted from dogs to humans confirmed in Iowa

State veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand confirmed multiple cases of Canine Brucellosis originating from a small dog breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

"We are in the process of notifying the individuals who have custody of the exposed dogs", read a statement from Keely Coppess, a spokesperson for the state's Agriculture Department.

The zoonotic bacterial disease can be spread through contaminated reproductive fluids.

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The department recommends that those who believe they might have come in contact with an infected or exposed dog, visit their primary care physician.

Brucellosis is considered to be highly contagious, and the bacteria that cause it can be spread between animals and humans not only by consuming uncooked or undercooked meat (obviously not a concern with pet dogs) but also through contact with any bodily fluids.

In dogs, numerous symptoms are related to the reproductive system, with an increased risk of stillbirths and miscarriages as well as infertility. It requires close contact with infected dogs. "Other signs can include inflammation of lymph nodes, behavioral abnormalities, lethargy, and weight loss". State health officials say symptoms for humans include fever, sweats, headache, joint pain and weakness. Breeders should wear protective clothing, including gloves and masks, when assisting in the delivery of newborn puppies.

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AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport, which is based in De Soto, wrote on Facebook Friday that they recently bought 32 dogs at an auction from a Knoxville, Iowa, breeder.

"This is just one more reason to ADOPT and not SHOP!"

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported that Canine Brucellosis is "rarely reported in humans", but still offered suggestions on how to avoid the disease.

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The disease has affected the pet rescue's organization ability to save more pets.



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