Dogs with bacterial disease discovered in Iowa


State Veterinarian Jeff Kaisand confirmed multiple cases of canine brucellosis in central Iowa.

"We are in the process of notifying the individuals who have custody of the exposed dogs", the department explained in a press release.

Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease humans can contract "when they are in contact with infected animals or animal products contaminated with the bacteria", according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The department recommends that those who believe they might have come in contact with an infected or exposed dog, visit their primary care physician.

They also advised anyone who recently bought a small breed dog from Marion County to check in with their pet's veterinarian.

The statement also encouraged people to thoroughly wash their hands "after handling animals - even household pets".

On Friday, an animal adoption service based in De Soto, Iowa, reported that they recently purchased 32 dogs at an auction from a breeder.

In dogs, numerous symptoms are related to the reproductive system, with an increased risk of stillbirths and miscarriages as well as infertility.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported that Canine Brucellosis is "rarely reported in humans", but still offered suggestions on how to avoid the disease. Dogs with inflamed lymph nodes, acting abnormally, losing weight, or are lethargic may be infected. In humans, the disease causes "flu-like signs (fever, night sweats, headaches, back pain)", according to the fact sheet.

"We have not received any results yet", the organization said on Facebook.

Canine brucellosis is chronic and has no apparent cure, Dr. Edward Dubovi, a professor of virology at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, told The Washington Post.

Heinz said they had to quarantine their adoption building for an additional 30 days. 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. "Please pray for our sweet babies that were finally getting the chance to have a happy life", the organization wrote online.