The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released further details today on an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Campylobacter jejuni linked to puppies bought from pet stores.
The outbreak, which began in January 2016, affected a total of 118 people in 18 states through Feb 4, including 29 pet store employees, with 26 hospitalizations and no deaths reported. In an article in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC investigators say epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicate that puppies from Petland pet stores and five other pet store chains were the source of the outbreak, and that the findings warrant a closer look at antibiotic use in the commercial dog industry. They also warn of the potential for further cases.
“Although the investigation is completed, the risk for multidrug-resistant Campylobacter transmission to employees and consumers continues,” they write.