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TWO SICK IN STATE FROM OUTBREAK LINKED TO PUPPIES SOLD AT PETLAND

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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirms that two people in Tennessee have become sick from an outbreak of campbylobacter infection linked to puppies sold through a Petland store in Knoxville. The CDC also confirmed that the outbreak was linked to the store off of Cedar Bluff Road. Petland stressed that any dog or puppy can have the germ and their policies and procedures are not to blame. Health officials say dogs, cats and people can catch campylobacter and the infection is typically spread to humans through contact with dog feces. The CDC adds 1.3 million people come down with the infection every year and the symptoms are generally the same for animals and humans. Symptoms appear within two to five days and include diarrhea, nausea, intestinal cramping and vomiting. The CDC said they are continuing to investigate and will provide updates as more information is available.


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