Monday, 20 May, 2019

In Iowa, a Dog Disease That Can Be Passed to Humans

The infected dogs purchased by the AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport Enlarge Image Facebook AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport
Gustavo Carr | 16 May, 2019, 05:14

The Canine brucellosis infection causes defects in the reproductive systems of both male and female dogs and could lead them to become infertile.

Keely Coppess, spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Agriculture, says four of the dogs are confirmed infected with the disease - which can be transmitted to people - and a fifth dog is suspected to be sick. Both the dogs and the facilities will be quarantined while the infected canines undergo clinical testing.

Canine brucellosis is highly contagious among dogs and may cause catastrophic reproductive issues in the animals, including infertility, stillbirths and spontaneous abortions, according to the Iowa Department of Health. Infections cause flu-like symptoms-including fever and back pain-as well as joint pain. Meanwhile, the department has urged pet owners who recently bought a small dog breed from the area to contact their nearest veterinarian. It can also be transferred to human beings if people come in contact with animal tissue, blood, urine, vaginal excretions, aborted fetuses, or placentas from infected dogs. "They don't know what they're getting".

Several cases of canine Brucellosis have been reported at a commercial breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa.

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"We have not received any results yet", the organization said on Facebook.

These items can be dropped off at Gracie's Place or local Bone-a-Patreat locations, Brown Dog Bakery in Ankeny, or you can contact your AHeinz57 volunteer friends to coordinate a drop off with them. She says the case serves as a reminder of how it's always important to practice good biosecurity, like thoroughly washing your hands after handling animals, even household pets. "Please pray for our sweet babies that were finally getting the chance to have a happy life", the organization wrote online.

Canine brucellosis is chronic and has no apparent cure, Dr. Edward Dubovi, a professor of virology at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, told The Washington Post.

People working in laboratories with the bacteria, in slaughterhouses or meat-packing are some of the most vulnerable to the infection, according to the Centre for Disease Control. They also suggest that all animals that tested positive for the infection need to be quarantined, and either through "spayed/neutered or euthanasia".