CASPER, Wyo. – It’s nearly impossible to see a puppy and not nuzzle and snuggle the little fur ball.
Unfortunately, the cute critters could be carrying something truly disturbing.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is warning that an outbreak of multidrug-resistant human Campylobacter jejuni has been reported in 30 states, including Wyoming.
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Thirty cases have been reported, and four people have been hospitalized according to the CDC.
“Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that puppies purchased from pet stores are the likely source of this outbreak. Many of the cases had contact with puppies or were employees at pet stores, including Petland,” said the CDC in a release.
Campylobacter jejuni is a bacteria often connected to food poisoning.
Some symptoms include diarrhea, stomach cramps and fever, usually lasting for about a week. People usually recover without antibiotics, the CDC said.
According to the CDC, other cases in the west have been reported in Utah and Nevada.
The CDC’s says people should always wash their hands after handling a puppy. Their website lists these additional tips to help avoid the disease:
- Adults should supervise handwashing for young children.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer until you are able to wash your hands with soap and water.
- Wash your hands after cleaning up urine (pee), feces (poop), or vomit from your puppy or dog. Clean up any pee, poop, or vomit inside the house immediately. Then disinfect the area using a water and bleach solution.
- Don’t let dogs lick around your mouth and face.
- Don’t let dogs lick your open wound or areas with broken skin.
- Take your dog to the veterinarian regularly to keep it healthy and to help prevent the spread of disease.
New puppies should also be taken to a vet within a few days of purchase for a health exam, said the CDC.