Bacterial disease transmitted from dogs to humans confirmed at commercial breeding facility

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Multiple cases of a disease called canine brucellosis have been observed in dogs in Iowa, the state's Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced Friday.

State veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand said canine brucellosis appeared to have originated from a small dog commercial breeding facility in Marion County.

Canine brucellosis causes a severe infection among dogs.

Meanwhile, officials are trying to identify and notify anyone who owns a dog that might have been exposed. Both the dogs and the facilities will be quarantined while the infected canines undergo clinical testing.

The zoonotic bacterial disease can be spread through contaminated reproductive fluids. The Department of Public Health states that the bacteria spreads when there is a direct contact of the infected material with the eyes, nose mouth or broken skin of the dog.

Protective clothing such as gloves and masks should be worn when assisting with the delivery of newborn puppies or handling reproductive tissues and hands should always be washed properly afterwards. When encountering difficulties in breeding the dogs are often tested when they show up positive results for the bacteria, the officials say.

Amy Heinz said they spent an average of $312 per dog at the auction and will pay well over $500 per dog to spay or neuter, vaccinate, other medical care and microchipping.

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AHeinz57 revealed that it will temporarily close its shelter building for the next 30 days.

"This is just one more reason to ADOPT and not SHOP! Please pray for our sweet babies that were finally getting the chance to have a happy life", the organization wrote online.

Separately, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services announced that effective May 10, 2019, it is temporarily suspending the importation of dogs from Egypt.

Some symptoms of Brucellosis in people may persist for longer periods, while others may reoccur or even be permanent.

The condition can cause chronic arthritis and heart swelling.

In some Brucellosis cases, sufferers may develop depression or neurologic symptoms. Antibiotics are used to treat the disease, but it can also come back after treatment.

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