Disease That Can Spread From Dogs To Humans Discovered In Iowa

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"Other signs can include inflammation of lymph nodes, behavioral abnormalities, lethargy, and weight loss".

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.

Multiple cases of Canine brucellosis originating from a small dog commercial breeding facility in Marion Co., Iowa, in the central part of the state have been confirmed. While the threat to humans is fairly low, anyone who comes into contact with blood, tissue, and fluids during the birthing process of infected dogs should contact their doctor immediately.

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

Even breathing in the bacteria that causes the brucellosis infection could be risky to humans.

Symptoms for humans include fever, sweats, headache, joint pain, and weakness.

A dog disease that can be passed to humans has been confirmed in Iowa. They write, "Only within the last few decades has the risk of severe brucellosis in dogs, and the people who own and work with them, been more fully appreciated". Veterinarians, wildlife officers and farm workers are also at higher risk.

Having a sick dog can be a serious bummer.

Despite the control of rabies in domestic dogs in the U.S., each year interactions with suspect animals result in the need to observe or test hundreds of thousands of animals and to administer rabies postexposure prophylaxis to 30,000 to 60,000 persons, says the CDC. AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport reported that a Knoxville, Iowa, breeder had canines that examined constructive for the disease. The Iowa State University also states that most dogs that are infected may remain asymptomatic until they start breeding. They have quarantined 32 dogs purchased at an auction from a breeder. "We also issued quarantines to make sure that we stop the spread of the disease", Kaisand said. "Therefore, we have closed our shelter building for the next 30 days".

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

Brucellosis infection can result in death, though it is extremely rare.

There are no preventive vaccines available for Brucellosis for either dogs or humans.

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