Infection linked to Petland pet store puppies sickens 39 people in seven states, including Ohio

Posted at 7:01 AM, Sep 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-12 11:23:18-04

Officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of human Campylobacter infections linked to puppies sold through Petland, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The outbreak includes 39 people from seven states, including 18 cases in Ohio. They were exposed to puppies sold through Petland stores. 

Twelve people are Petland employees from four states, and 27 people recently purchased a puppy at Petland, visited a Petland, or visited or live in a home with a puppy sold through Petland before illness began, according to the CDC. 

Illnesses began on dates ranging from September 15, 2016, through August 12, 2017. The most recent illness was reported on September 1, 2017. 

The CDC said evidence indicates puppies sold through Petland stores are likely the source of the outbreak. 

Symptoms of Campylobacter infection 

Most people with a Campylobacter infection develop symptoms two to five days after being exposed to the bacteria. If someone is sick from Campylobacter, it is recommended they drink extra fluids. Symptoms usually last about a week, according to the CDC. Typical symptoms include: 

  • Diarrhea 
  • Fever 
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 

Contact your veterinarian if your puppy or dog is ill. Signs of illness include: 

  • Appearing sluggish 
  • Not eating
  • Diarrhea
  • Abnormal breathing 

The infection can spread through contact with dog feces. It usually doesn't spread from one person to another, according to the CDC. 

The investigation is ongoing, and Petland is cooperating with health officials. For more information, visit the CDC’s website.