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Dog Disease Contagious to Humans, Multiple Cases Confirmed

Dog Disease Contagious to Humans, Multiple Cases Confirmed”

The disease originated from a small dog-breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa, and both the animals and the building in question are now being quarantined while the pups undergo clinical testing.

Several dogs from a small-dog breeding facility in Iowa have been confirmed to have a disease that can be passed to people, according to state veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand.

"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.

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.

A handout from Iowa State University says, among other things, to "always wash your hands after touching animals".

Signs of the disease in a dog include infertility, spontaneous abortions and stillbirths. It hurts to see a pet in pain or any kind of discomfort, but normally a sick dog doesn't pose a risk to your own health. Infections in humans can cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, headaches and back pain but are rare, as are cases involving infection of the human nervous system, eyes or heart, according to the university.

The fact sheet also said that people who work closely with dogs, such as breeders and veterinarians, are the most likely to get the infection.

The disease can survive for months but can be eliminated with heat and disinfectants.

AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport, Inc., an animal rescue organization in De Soto, Iowa, has quarantined 32 dogs purchased at an auction from a breeder while they undergo testing.

"We have to set up all these biosecurity measures, and that takes time", she said.

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



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