Bred Dogs Have Disease That Can Pass to Humans

Bred Dogs Have Disease That Can Pass to Humans

Several cases of canine brucellosis have been confirmed at a commercial breeding facility for small dogs in Marion County, according to state veterinarian Dr Jeff Kaisand.

Pet owners who acquired a small-breed dog from the county were instructed to contact their veterinarian and direct human health concerns "to the Iowa Department of Public Health or your primary care physician".

The animals and the facility are quarantined as dogs undergo testing, the department said. You pretty much have to handle your dog's reproductive fluids - such as blood, tissue, and other fluids from the birthing process - to get infected. That means veterinarians, dog breeders and kennel workers are the most likely people to be exposed to canine brucellosis, but Heinz said her staff is aware of the associated risks. The CDC noted that it "will probably remain a threat to human health and animal welfare unless stronger intervention measures are implemented".

Canine brucellosis is chronic and has no apparent cure, Dr. Edward Dubovi, a professor of virology at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, told The Washington Post. Iowa State University recommended disinfecting areas that have been exposed to an infected dog and keeping sick animals away from healthy ones to prevent the spread of the disease.

Iowa Department of Agriculture officials said it's always important to practice good biosecurity, such as thoroughly washing your hands after handling animals.

According to the Center for Food Security and Public Health, Canine Brucellosis "causes reproductive problems in dogs". In people, the disease can cause flu-like symptoms, fevers, joint pain, and can also involve the nervous system, eyes or heart.

While brucellosis usually affects dogs, other animals can also develop the disease, including cattle, sheep, goats, camels, pigs, reindeer, and wild boar. The organization in a statement on social media said, "We have not received any results yet".

AHeinz57 revealed that it will temporarily close its shelter building for the next 30 days. "Please pray for our sweet babies that were finally getting the chance to have a happy life", the organization wrote online. It can be successfully treated with a round of antibiotics, but relapses are common.

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