The Puppy Bug You Might Have Caught
If you've fallen victim to a nasty stomach bug/illness you can't really identify, and you're a dog owner, then we might have just put the pieces together for you. Center for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that 118 people have gotten an antibiotic resistant infection from their furry friend.
There have been 11 cases reported in Illinois and many more throughout the country. Puppies that have been spreading the illness have come from Petland stores across the country. Illinois Petland locations include Batavia, Bolingbrook, Crystal Lake, Naperville, Chicago Ridge, Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Round Lake Beach.
The cause of the illness was Campylobacter, an infectious disease that causes diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. From early 2016 through February 2018, 118 people, were infected. 29 of those were pet store employees. No deaths occurred, but at least 26 people were hospitalized.
The CDC Recommends that pet owners take the following precautions-
- Wash your hands thoroughly after playing with or feeding your dog.
- Dispose of all dog poop from your yard, especially where children might play.
- Contact your vet if you notice any illness in your pet.
Bet you feel pretty bad for blaming your spouse for giving you that stomach bug right?