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Infectious disease found in dogs of Marion County breeder

14 May 2019

Officials say a dog disease that can be passed to humans has been confirmed in Iowa. In people, symptoms include fever, sweats, headache, joint pain and weakness, the state health department said.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported that Canine Brucellosis is "rarely reported in humans", but still offered suggestions on how to avoid the disease. Young children and people with weakened immune systems are at particular risk for complications, and Iowa State University reports the disease could cause a woman to miscarry or give birth prematurely.

Amy Heinz said they spent an average of $312 per dog at the auction and will pay well over $500 per dog to spay or neuter, vaccinate, other medical care and microchipping. The quarantine will have a dire effect on strays in the area, she said, as no dogs will be allowed in or out of the shelter for its duration.

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Health officials say the disease is most commonly reported in breeding facilities, where staff are trained to recognize and test for it.

Owners in possession of dogs who were potentially exposed to the infected canines have been notified. "We have asked that all of those dogs undergo canine brucellosis testing". It can be successfully treated with a round of antibiotics, but relapses are common.

Brucellosis is considered to be highly contagious, and the bacteria that cause it can be spread between animals and humans not only by consuming uncooked or undercooked meat (obviously not a concern with pet dogs) but also through contact with any bodily fluids. All the animals they bought are being tested and quarantined. "They don't know to do a brucellosis test".

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The breeder is identified as Double-G Kennels in Marion County and it's also now under quarantine.

The disease can also be transmitted "by contaminated objects such as, bedding, equipment, clothing, or shoes", according to a fact sheet from Iowa State University.

"We still have a lot of work ahead of us", Heinz said in the video.

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"Our goal is to get the dogs out of that lifestyle so that they don't have to continue to be bred over and over again until they die".

Infectious disease found in dogs of Marion County breeder