Multiple cases of Canine brucellosis originating from a small dog commercial breeding facility in Marion Co., Iowa, in the central part of the state have been confirmed.

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According to State Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand, officials are in the process of notifying the individuals who have custody of the exposed dogs. Both the animals and the facilities are quarantined while the dogs undergo clinical testing.

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If pet owners have recently acquired a new, small breed dog from Marion Co., they should contact their veterinarian.

Human health concerns should be directed to the Iowa Department of Public Health or your primary care physician.

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Brucellosis, a zoonotic bacterial disease, meaning an infected animal can transmit it to humans and other animals through contaminated reproductive fluids. The threat to most pet owners is considered very low. Dog breeders, veterinary staff and anyone who comes in contact with blood, tissues and fluids during the birthing process may be at higher risk and should consult their primary care physician.

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