Tuesday, May 14th 2019, 12:31 pm - While transmission to humans is rare, people who have come into contact with an infected dog are urged to contact a physician.
Iowa officials have confirmed "multiple cases" of canine brucellosis, a disease that can be transmitted from dogs to people.
While several dogs have been affected, it's not clear if any humans have contracted the disease.
The origin has been traced to a commercial breeding facility in Marion County, which is under quarantine while an investigation is conducted.
Pet owners who have recently adopted a small breed dog from the area are advised to contact their veterinarian and their family doctor.
"This serves as a reminder that is always important to practice good biosecurity, like thoroughly washing your hands after handling animals — even household pets," Iowa officials said in a statement.
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WHAT IS CANINE BRUCELLOSIS?
Brucella Canis is a prominent cause of reproductive failure in dogs. Symptoms include inflammation of lymph nodes, strange behavior, lethargy, and weight loss.
It is primarily transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids, including blood and urine.
Transmission to humans and other animals is rare. Individuals who work with dogs in a breeding or health care capacity are at the greatest risk.
In humans, the bacteria can cause flu-like symptoms, arthritis, and fever. It can also attack the nervous system, eyes, and heart.