Disease transmissible from dogs to humans shows up in Iowa

The infected dogs purchased by the AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport

Enlarge Image Facebook AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport

"Other signs can include inflammation of lymph nodes, behavioral abnormalities, lethargy, and weight loss".

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship advise all animal owners to thoroughly wash hands after handling pets-even household ones-to prevent infection.

The disease originated from a small dog-breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa, and both the animals and the building in question are now being quarantined while the pups undergo clinical testing.


Jeff Kaisand said in a press release 'multiple cases of Canine Brucellosis have been confirmed originating from a small dog commercial breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa. People can also become infected by breathing in aerosol droplets of those infected fluids, or if the bacteria enters their body through their mouth, eyes, or a break in the skin.

The disease is caused by the Brucella canis bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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. Veterinarians, wildlife officers and farm workers are also at higher risk.

"The threat to most pet owners is considered very low", the agency said.


We all love puppy kisses but this may be something you want to think about the next time you let a dog slobber on you. They don't know to do a brucellosis test. AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport reported that a Knoxville, Iowa, breeder had canines that examined constructive for the disease.

The department advised anyone who may have acquired a new, small breed dog from Marion Co. that they should contact their veterinarian.

These include recurrent fevers, arthritis, or chronic fatigue.


Human health concerns should be directed to the Iowa Department of Public Health or your primary care physician. It's just not a good life for dogs, so we go to the auctions. The infection is rarely seen in humans. "We also issued quarantines to make sure that we stop the spread of the disease", Kaisand said. "Therefore, we have closed our shelter building for the next 30 days", the adoption service wrote in a Facebook post. Before breeding all dogs need to be tested for canine brucellosis, they add.

Latest News