Three Local 6 states affected by illness linked to pet store puppies

Three states in the Local 6 area are among several states affected by an outbreak of drug-resistant infections linked to contact with pet store puppies, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The infections are from campylobacter bacteria, and the CDC says samples from people who have gotten sick in the outbreak were resistant to commonly recommended first-line antibiotics.

As of Oct. 23, 67 people were found to have the illness. Illnesses have been reported in 15 states —including Tennessee, Missouri, and Illinois. There have been two known cases in Tennessee, four in Illinois and five in Missouri.

The CDC says the typical symptoms for people with this infection are diarrhea (often bloody), stomach cramps, nausea, and vomiting. Most people with the illness develop symptoms two to five days after they were exposed to the bacteria, and the symptoms usually last a week.

People are more likely to contract a severe campylobacter infection if they have a weakened immune system, if they are younger than 5 years or older than 65, or if they are pregnant.

The CDC says to avoid getting sick when handling dogs — whether puppies or adult dogs — people should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching dogs or their poop. People are also advised to work with their veterinarians to keep animals healthy.

For more information about the outbreak, click here to see the CDC’s advisory. To view the outbreak map, click here.

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