Disease transmissible from dogs to humans shows up in Iowa

The infected dogs purchased by the AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport

Iowa has confirmed multiple cases of a disease that can be transmitted from dogs to humans and can pose numerous health risks ranging from fever to exhaustion and inflammation of lymph nodes.

Despite the ability of the disease to infect both dogs and people, the symptoms it produces differ dramatically between canines and humans.

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The disease originated from a small dog-breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa, and both the animals and the building in question are now being quarantined while the pups undergo clinical testing. Officials said they're contacting those who own the exposed dogs and noted that "both the animals and facilities are quarantined while the dogs undergo clinical testing". In people, Canine brucellosis manifests as fever, headache, chills, sweats, weakness, depression and pain in joints, muscle and the back. The facility reportedly breeds small breed dogs in Marion County, located in the southern half of the state.

"The threat to most pet owners is considered very low", the news release reads. 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. Those who have come in contact with affected animals should always keep their hands clean to prevent disease transmission. It's just not a good life for dogs, so we go to the auctions.

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In a review published last month (April 5th 2019) authors LK Kaufman and CA Peterson from Prairie View Animal Hospital, Grimes, and Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, respectively write about the re-emerging scourge of canine brucellosis.

AHeinz57 revealed that it will temporarily close its shelter building for the next 30 days. They also suggest that all animals that tested positive for the infection need to be quarantined, and either through "spayed/neutered or euthanasia". The Iowa State public health center adds that the infection may also cause damage to the eyes, heart and the nervous system in humans.

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In some Brucellosis cases, sufferers may develop depression or neurologic symptoms. Infected dogs may appear to be healthy - especially if they've been treated recently with antibiotics - which can skew results and cause sick canines to test negative for the disease.

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