CDC Says Puppies May be Linked to Drug-resistant Infection That’s Sickened 30 People in 13 States

Officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they are investigating a multi-state outbreak of a drug-resistant infection believed to be linked to puppies purchased from pet stores.

At least 30 people across 13 states have been infected with a multi-drug resistant strain of Campylobacter jejuni, a bacterial infection that’s generally mild but can be fatal among very young children or people with weakened immune systems.

There have been no reported deaths, though at least four people have been hospitalized, according to the CDC.

“Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that contact with puppies, especially those at pet stores, is the likely source of this outbreak,” CDC officials said in a statement Tuesday.

A majority of the affected people reported having contact with a puppy, including one puppy that came from a pet store. More than half of these people were linked to Petland, an Ohio-based pet store chain with 131 locations across the United States.

At least five of those infected were Petland employees, according to the CDC.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Morgan Winsor