Don’t let those puppy eyes fool you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Monday that it is launching an investigation on a multistate outbreak involving bacteria traced from puppies sold by national pet store chain Petland.
Puppies from Petland were linked to 39 cases of Campylobacteriosis in seven states. Infections caused by Campylobacter, a bacteria that commonly causes diarrheal illness, were observed in Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, The Washington Post reported.
Officials from the CDC confirmed that nine individuals have been hospitalized since last September. No deaths have been reported from the bacterial outbreak.
Laboratory tests and epidemiological findings show that puppies sold by Petland are the likely source of the bacterial outbreak. According to the CDC, 12 of those diagnosed with Campylobacteriosis are Petland employees, while 27 patients recently bought a puppy from Petland, visited the Petland or stayed in a home with a puppy sold through the said pet store.