Knoxville pet store part of national disease outbreak


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed a pet store in Knoxville was impacted by an outbreak of Campylobacter after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning.

The CDC says the outbreak is linked to puppies sold by national pet store chain Petland. The company, however, stresses that any dog or puppy can have the germ and their policies and procedures are not to blame.

Campylobacter is an infection that can spread to humans by contact with dog feces. Symptoms appear within two to five days and include diarrhea, nausea, intestinal cramping and vomiting.

The outbreak includes 39 people in seven states, including one case reported in Tennessee. Twelve of those are employees of Petland and the other 27 said they recently purchased a puppy there, visited a location or live in a home with a puppy purchased at Petland.

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