Canine brucellosis confirmed in commercial breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa

Canine brucellosis confirmed in commercial breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa

Canine brucellosis confirmed in commercial breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa

Iowa has confirmed multiple cases of a disease that can be transmitted from dogs to humans and can pose numerous health risks ranging from fever to exhaustion and inflammation of lymph nodes.

The disease reportedly originated within a small commercial breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa, the state's Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship said. All animals in contact with the infected dogs have been quarantined and are being tested for the infection say the sources.

Dogs that catch the disease may show symptoms including reproductive problems (abortions, stillbirth, infertility) as well as behavioral abnormalities, lethargy and weight loss.

In humans, a brucellosis infection can cause flu-like symptoms including night sweats, headaches, fever, joint pain, and back pain, according to a fact sheet from the University of Iowa's Center for Food Security & Public Health.

"The threat to most pet owners is considered very low", the agency said. People who recently purchased small dogs in Marion County are also urged to contact their veterinarians.

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

Brucellosis infection can result in death, though it is extremely rare.

"This is just one more reason to ADOPT and not SHOP!" the organization added.

The condition can cause chronic arthritis and heart swelling. "Please pray for our sweet babies that were finally getting the chance to have a happy life", the group wrote.

"They spent their lives in these little tiny boxes breeding over and over and over, and to finally get out and get some freedom and have to die would be so tragic and terrible", Heinz said.

Brucellosis can be tricky to diagnose, according to the Mayo Clinic, particularly in the condition's early stages.

The researchers caution that all dogs need to be mandatorily screened and tested for the infection before they are imported or cleared for interstate travel.

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. They point out that available treatments for this infection do not lead to complete cure and there is a risk of recurrence or "recrudescence" of the infection in the animal.

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