Puppy Poop: How to Avoid a Dangerous Infection

The recent bacterial outbreak from pet supplies store Petland has caused animal lovers nationwide to rethink proper hygiene. This particular campylobacter outbreak, due to puppy poop, reached 15 states in the U.S. and infected close to 70 people according to the Centers for Disease data as of October 2017.

Because of the Petland bacterial outbreak the public has turned its attention on what a campylobacter infection is and how it can be prevented. The infectious disease is caused by Campylobacter bacteria and it’s one of the most common causes of diarrheal illness in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates the Campylobacter infection affects more than 1.3 million people every year.

This diarrhea-and-vomit-inducing illness, that is also spread through raw poultry, was connected to puppies that were sold through Petland. When animals become infected with the bacteria people can also become infected if they come in contact with the animal’s stool.

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