Infectious disease found in dogs of Marion County breeder

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Other symptoms among the dogs include swelling and inflammation of the lymph nodes, lethargy and fatigue, loss of weight and behavioural changes says the Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University.

The illness is understood to exclusively affect canines and people, in keeping with the Iowa Division of Public Well being."We're within the strategy of notifying the people who've custody of the uncovered canine", a Friday information launch from the Iowa Division of Agriculture and Land Stewardship states. 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".

Iowa officers are warning residents concerning the illness in canines that may be handed to people.Dr. Jeff Kaisand, the state veterinarian, has confirmed several circumstances of "canine Brucellosis" coming from an industrial small-canine breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa. People can also become infected by breathing in aerosol droplets of those infected fluids, or if the bacteria enters their body through their mouth, eyes, or a break in the skin.

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Even breathing in the bacteria that causes the brucellosis infection could be risky to humans.

Canine Brucellosis infections in humans, while "rare", are possible and "cause flu-like signs (fever, night sweats, headaches, back pain)". Veterinarians, wildlife officers and farm workers are also at higher risk.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship recommends visiting a veterinarian and a physician if your dog shows symptoms of Canine Brucellosis and also recommends that all pet owners wash their hands after handling their pets in an effort to "practice good biosecurity". They have been placed in quarantine to keep the disease from infecting other dogs while the group awaits the test results. They also suggest that all animals that tested positive for the infection need to be quarantined, and either through "spayed/neutered or euthanasia". AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport reported that a Knoxville, Iowa, breeder had canines that examined constructive for the disease. "Infected animals can live for at least 16 months before dying, and their blood, tissues, and fecal material can remain a source of new infections for years after death", said the University of Minnesota on its website. "Therefore, we have closed our shelter building for the next 30 days", the adoption service wrote in a Facebook post.

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