The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is alerting consumers to an outbreak of campylobacter infections traced to the feces of puppies sold at Petland stores in seven states, including Kansas and Missouri. Andy Marso and Neil Nakahodo The Kansas City Star
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is alerting consumers to an outbreak of campylobacter infections traced to the feces of puppies sold at Petland stores in seven states, including Kansas and Missouri. Andy Marso and Neil Nakahodo The Kansas City Star

Pets

Puppy poop infection tally rises; 93 percent linked to Petland

By Kaitlyn Alanis

kalanis@wichitaeagle.com

November 01, 2017 02:24 PM

UPDATED November 02, 2017 08:41 AM

An outbreak of a potentially-fatal and multidrug-resistant bacteria infection has spread to 67 people in 15 states, with 93 percent of the infections linked to puppies at or from a Petland Store.

Of the 67 infected, six are from Kansas, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Petland pup part of campylobacter outbreak might go back to pet store

A pet owner has had to clean up after her dog for months because of the bad diarrhea the dog has had ever since she brought him home. The owner bought the dog from a Petland store and wants the store to take him back.

Jill Toyoshiba The Kansas City Star

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In the most recent CDC report posted on Oct. 30, all 67 people have laboratory-confirmed infections or symptoms consistent with Campylobacter. Puppies can transmit the bacteria via their contaminated poop to the humans who handle them.

The infection can cause diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain and fevers. In severe cases, the infection can become fatal.

Of those ill, 18 were Petland employees, 44 have been in contact with a Petland puppy, four have had contact with puppies from other sources and one had a laboratory-confirmed infection but did not report any puppy exposure.

The Campylobacter bacteria isolated from samples of those ill were resistant to first-line antibiotics, the CDC reports, which may make it difficult to treat infections with the outbreak strain.

Illness start dates range from Sept. 15, 2016, though Oct. 14, 2017, according to the CDC. No deaths have been reported, but 17 of the 62 sickened people with available information have been hospitalized.

The CDC has not released which Petland stores have been linked to the outbreak. There are two Petlands in Wichita.

“Petland is cooperating with public health and animal health officials to address this outbreak,” the CDC said in a prior release.

Kaitlyn Alanis: 316-269-6708, @kaitlynalanis