Puppies are cute and cuddly but you might want to hold off on handling them for the time being. That's because puppies are transmitting the potentially deadly Campylobacter bacteria infections via contaminated poop to people that just want to love them. So far 55 people are sickened in an outbreak reaching 12 different states.
The latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that came out on Tuesday (October 3rd) reported the number of cases rose from 39 in mid-September to 55.
The agency also noted in a news release that, "Evidence suggests that puppies sold through Petland are a likely source of this outbreak."
This bacteria causes people to develop diarrhea (sometimes bloody), cramping, abdominal pain, and fever within two to five days of exposure. For those with compromised immune system, the infection can be life-threatening.