Federal and state health officials are investigating a multistate outbreak of Campylobacter infections linked to puppies sold through Petland, a national pet store chain.
The outbreak includes 39 people with laboratory-confirmed Campylobacter infections or symptoms consistent with Campylobacter infection who live in 7 states (Florida (11), Kansas (5), Missouri (1), Ohio (18), Pennsylvania (2), Tennessee (1), and Wisconsin (1)) and were exposed to puppies sold through Petland stores.
Of the 39 cases reported, 12 are Petland employees from 4 states and 27 either recently purchased a puppy at Petland, visited a Petland, or visited or live in a home with a puppy sold through Petland before illness began.
Evidence suggests that puppies sold through Petland are a likely source of this outbreak. Petland is cooperating with public health and animal health officials to address this outbreak.
This investigation is ongoing.
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Campylobacter is a disease that people can get from puppies and dogs. Puppies and dogs with a Campylobacter infection might show no signs of illness or might have diarrhea, vomiting, or a fever.