Are you the one who loves to cuddle your dog? If yes, you may be at a higher risk to get infected with Campylobacter bacteria. According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it has been learned that 30 more US citizens have been diagnosed with the infection caused by Campylobacter.
It was on last October that CDC officials issued a warning about Campylobacter after discovering 55 people affected with this bacterial infection. As of now, nearly 100 people are being identified infected with this microbial. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported so far due to this infectious disease.
According to latest updates, the cases of Campylobacter infection have been reported from 17 US states. The latest case of infection was spotted in Connecticut, and before that similar cases were reported in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Utah, Wyoming, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
Symptoms of the infection
Even though many reports have suggested that Campylobacter is a virus, it is actually a bacteria. Campylobacter is expected to create various negative impacts on the health of the dog, with fever, vomiting, and diarrhea being the primary symptoms. In humans, the common symptoms of this infection are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea fever and cramping. Sometimes, the victim may also excrete bloody stools, and if it happens, emergency medical care should be sought.
How to avoid the infection?
If you are the one who loves to cuddle your puppies, then make sure that you are not doing it for the next few months, till the infection is brought under control. Puppy kisses should be discouraged, and make sure that your pet is not licking any kinds of wounds in your body.
After touching your dog, always ensure that you are washing your hands properly without fail. If you are infected, drink lots of water to stay hydrated. If you find the symptoms persist for more than two days, then do not hesitate to visit your physician.