More cases of dog disease found in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa – Three more cases of a dog disease that can be transmitted to humans have been confirmed in Iowa.
The cases have been linked to a commercial breeding facility for small dogs in Marion County called Double G Kennels.
In total there have been nine confirmed cases of the disease, which is called Canine Brucellosis and can cause spontaneous abortions, stillbirths and infertility in dogs.
It can be transmitted to humans through contact with contaminated body fluid and causes flu-like symptoms like headaches, muscle aches and fever. Long-term infection can lead to arthritis and in very rare cases nervous system, eyes and heart issues.
Breeders, kennel workers and veterinaries have a much higher risk of exposure.
The nine dogs who tested positive were among a group of 200 small dogs that were sold during a dispersal sale at Double G Kennels in May.
The Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has recommended that anyone who purchased an animal from the breeder consult with a veterinarian.
The dogs connected with the sale will be placed on quarantine and will go through a round of clinical testing before they can be released.