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2016-2018 Multistate Outbreak of Campylobacter Infections Linked to Puppies Sold at Petland Stores

The Ohio Department of Health, several other states, the CDC and the USDA investigated an outbreak of Campylobacter infections linked to puppies sold through Petland, a national pet store chain. The outbreak included 118 people with laboratory-confirmed Campylobacter infections or symptoms consistent with Campylobacter infection. Ill cases resided in 17 states. Twenty-nine were Petland employees. Ninety-nine percent of people reported contact with a puppy in the week before illness started, and 87% reported they had contact with a puppy from Petland stores or had contact with a person who became sick after contact with a puppy from a Petland store. Illnesses began on dates ranging from Jamuary 12, 2016 through January 7, 2018. Twenty six people were hospitalized. There were no deaths. Whole genome sequencing showed samples of Campylobacter isolated from the stool of puppies sold through Petland in Florida were closely related to Campylobacter isolated from the stool of an ill person in Ohio. Campylobacter bacteria isolated from clinical samples from people sickened in this outbreak were resistant to commonly recommended first-line antibiotics. Using Whole Genome Sequencing, the CDC identified multiple antimicrobial resistance genes and mutations in most isolates from 38 ill people and 10 puppies in this outbreak.

  • Outbreak began:
  • January 2016
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • New York, Wisconsin, Utah, Maryland, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Massachusetts, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Wyoming
  • Organism(s):
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Animal contact
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Pet Store
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Petland
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 118
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 118
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 26
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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