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Illinois Says Dog Disease Can Now Spread To Humans

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Illinois Says Dog Disease Can Now Spread To Humans

It’s being called “canine Brucellosis,” an illness that possesses a rare ability to jump from dog to human. Illinois state health officials are warning residents to remain vigilant as more information surfaces.

State Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand says that several cases of “canine Brucellosis” are confirmed in Marion County. The cases are confined to a corporate dog breeding business. State health officials say that breeding facilities are the most susceptible to spreading the illness.

“We are in the process of notifying the individuals who have custody of the exposed dogs,” a Friday news release from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship states per Des Moines Register. “Both the animals and the facilities are quarantined while the dogs undergo clinical testing.”

Canine Brucellosis is considered a zoonotic bacterial disease, which means the illness can be transferred to other animal types, including humans. The disease is spread by way of reproductive fluids.

For dogs, the illness can cause stillbirths and spontaneous abortions, as well as infertility. In humans, it results in fever, fatigue, bone pain, and headaches.

State health officials are encouraging pet owners who suspect their animals might have the illness to take them in for testing.

“The threat to most pet owners is considered very low,” the release reads. “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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AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport says they’ve discovered new cases of “canine Brucellosis.” The situation has prompted many pet adoption advocates to yet again, sound the alarms over the unhealthy corporate pet breeding practice.

Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.

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