Bred Dogs Have Disease That Can Pass to Humans

Bred Dogs Have Disease That Can Pass to Humans

"Multiple cases" of a dog disease that is transferrable to humans have been confirmed in Iowa canines by state veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand, according to the The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Both the animals and the facilities are quarantined while the dogs undergo testing.

Signs of the disease in a dog include infertility, spontaneous abortions and stillbirths.

The department says the threat to most pet owners is very low.

It can spread to humans, they add. Humans experience flu like symptoms when infected.

Heinz said the most hard thing about this disease is dogs can't get rid of it like humans can and usually have to be put down to prevent the spread to other dogs or humans. "Infected animals can live for at least 16 months before dying, and their blood, tissues, and fecal material can remain a source of new infections for years after death", said the University of Minnesota on its website. "Arthritis (joint pain) and re-occurring fevers may occur with long term infection". The Iowa Department of Health also warns against breeding dogs before testing for the disease.

The dogs were tested Thursday night.

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At present no treatment provides complete cure from the infection and antibiotics are used to control the infection and prevent its spread. People who recently purchased small dogs in Marion County are also urged to contact their veterinarians. Hands need to be washed after touching the dogs and other animals, they write. A De Soto, Iowa-primarily based animal adoption service posted on Fb on Friday in regards to the illness. These animals will be tested before they would be sent back. If the test is positive, it is important to confirm the results with another test that is more specific for Brucella spp. antigens says the American Kennel Club.

"This is just one more reason to ADOPT and not SHOP!" the organization added.

According to VCA Hospitals, "Canine brucellosis is a contagious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium, Brucella canis (B. canis)". Young children and people with weakened immune systems are at particular risk for complications, and Iowa State University reports the disease could cause a woman to miscarry or give birth prematurely.

The researchers caution that all dogs need to be mandatorily screened and tested for the infection before they are imported or cleared for interstate travel.

As for the dogs in Iowa's dog shelters, each of them - infected or not - have been placed in quarantine till they pose a risk to others or themselves.

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