Campylobacter Outbreak

Multistate outbreak of multi-drug resistant Campylobacter jejuni infections linked to puppies purchased from pet stores

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted an investigation notice for a multistate outbreak of multi-drug resistant Campylobacter jejuni infections linked to puppies purchased from pet stores. Puppies can carry Campylobacter in their feces. Puppies may experience diarrhea associated with Campylobacter or can show no symptoms and still may carry the germ.

  • As of December 17, 2019, 30 cases have been associated with the outbreak nationwide, including one Illinois resident with specialized testing.
  • According to the CDC, illness started from January 6, 2019 through November 10, 2019.  Illnesses might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported.
  • Individuals most at risk are those who purchased puppies from pet stores, especially from a national pet store chain.

IDPH recommends that groups and pet stores who sell or place puppies with families, not place puppies with diarrhea with families. However, even puppies without diarrhea can have this germ in their feces.  Therefore, anyone who handles dogs, especially puppies, and feces from dog should carefully wash their hands after handling the dog or the feces from the dog. Veterinarians should be judicious in their use of antibiotics when working with individual dogs and groups of dogs.

IDPH is coordinating with the Illinois Department of Agriculture to share information on any puppies sold while ill from pet stores in the state.

CDC reported a similar multi-state outbreak in 2018.

Additional information can be found on the following websites.

Thursday, January 2, 2020