Petland issued a response on Wednesday, saying the national pet store chain is concerned to hear of the 39 cases.
As of September 11, a total of 39 people have fallen ill in seven states, including 11 cases in Florida, five in Kansas, one in Missouri, 18 in OH, two in Pennsylvania, one in Tennessee and one in Wisconsin. Of the patients, 18 lives in OH, 11 in Florida, five in Kansas, two in Pennsylvania, one in Missouri, one in Tennessee and one in Wisconsin.
The illnesses started from September 15, 2016 to August 12, 2017, with the most recent illness reported on September 1, 2017. Due to this, CDC estimates that more than 1.3 million Americans acquire the infection every year. The first case was recorded in September of a year ago and, since then, nine people have been hospitalized as a result of the infection. The other 27 people had either recently purchased a puppy from Petland, visited a store, or had come into contact with a Petland puppy.
Whole genome sequencing showed samples of Campylobacter isolated from the stool of puppies sold through Petland in Florida were closely related to Campylobacter isolated from the stool of an ill person in Ohio. "The health and wellbeing of our pets, staff and customers is Petland's utmost priority and concern".
All of the infected patients were exposed to the puppies in Petland stores. Most infections are singular and not part of an outbreak. Previous outbreaks of Campylobacter infection were linked to contaminated water, poultry, produce and unpasteurized dairy products. So if you've got a puppy with diarrheal illness, call your vet as soon as possible, Maddox advised.
Campylobacter can infect dogs, cats and humans, but most commonly the bacteria are spread through eating raw or undercooked meat.
They also quoted PetMD stating, "Up to 49 percent of dogs carry campylobacteriosis, shedding it into their feces for other animals to contract". If you handle raw chicken and don't wash your hands properly afterward or eat somewhere that doesn't follow good hand hygiene, you're at risk of getting a Campylobacter infection.
The CDC also recommends quickly disposing of dog poop using disposable gloves, as well as regular visits to the veterinarian to keep your dog healthy.