Dog-to-Human Disease Canine Brucellosis Confirmed in Iowa
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By Glynn Cosker
Managing Editor, EDM Digest
On Friday, officials confirmed numerous cases of a disease that spreads from dogs to humans in Iowa.
The state veterinarian, Dr. Jeff Kaisand, reported several occurrences of canine brucellosis stemming from a small-dog breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa. The dogs began showing symptoms and were subsequently tested.
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship stated in a news release: “We 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.”
Iowa Taking Canine Brucellosis Precautions
The department further stated that while the threat of dog owners contracting canine brucellosis is low, there are still some precautions to keep in mind – especially for those working in a dog-breeding or veterinary setting.
“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 physician.”
Canine Brucellosis Symptoms in Humans
An Iowa State University fact sheet on the disease states that any person helping with the births of puppies – and the dogs’ immediate post-natal care – should wear protective clothing, including exam gloves and face masks. The university further states that human infections cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, headache, backache, weakness and aching joints. Rarely, the disease can also affect the heart, eyes and nervous system.
Testing Being Conducted on 32 Dogs in Quarantine
AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport, Inc., an animal rescue company in De Soto, Iowa, has quarantined 32 dogs to perform further testing on the animals. The dogs were bought at auction from a breeder in Knoxville, Iowa.
“We have not received any results yet,” AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport said on its Facebook page about the dogs in their care. “Therefore, we have closed our shelter building for the next 30 days.”
If anybody recently acquired a new, small-breed dog from Marion County, he or she should contact a veterinarian for further information.
Learn more about the causes, transmittal, and symptoms of canine brucellosis