Puppies to blame for drug-resistant infections

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A nationwide outbreak stemming from pet adoptions has caused more than 100  people to fall ill.

Cute, soft, loveable, innocent little puppies is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says caused more than one-hundred people to get sick in at least 18 states.

Officials say the cause is from campylobacter bacteria. It’s a common bacteria that can trigger diarrhea, stomach pains, and fever.

The major problem is that it’s often resistant to antibiotics.

A CDC investigation found that puppies from six pet store chains from January 2017 through February 2018 caused the outbreak.

No deaths have been reported but at least 26 people have been hospitalized.

Samples taken from each patient showed the bacteria was resistant to all antibiotics used to treat it.

Most people can usually recover from campylobacter bacteria infection in about five days without treatment.

Ninety-nine percent of the patients observed by the CDC say they had direct contact with a dog.

And 95 percent say what they touched was a pet store puppy, most of which had been treated with antibiotics themselves.

Despite all of this, the CDC says just use common sense when you’re around new animals. Wash or sanitize your hands before and after handling them.

Definitely don’t think twice about bringing your new best friend home.

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