Multiple Canine Brucellosis Disease Cases Confirmed in Central Iowa

Multiple Canine Brucellosis Disease Cases Confirmed in Central Iowa

Canine Brucellosis can cause infertility, still births, inflamed lymph nodes, abnormal behavior, lethargy and weight loss.

"We are in the process of notifying the individuals who have custody of the exposed dogs". Both the dogs and the facilities will be quarantined while the infected canines undergo clinical testing.

A small-dog commercial breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa, is the source of "multiple cases" of a canine disease that can be transmitted to humans, the state's agriculture department said.


The disease is caused by the Brucella canis bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In people, Canine brucellosis manifests as fever, headache, chills, sweats, weakness, depression and pain in joints, muscle and the back.

Kaisand advised people who have recently acquired dogs from Marion County to have their pets tested for the infection. Veterinarians, wildlife officers and farm workers are also at higher risk. This, since pet owners are far less likely to come in contact with saliva, blood and body fluids from an infected dog.

While brucellosis usually affects dogs, other animals can also develop the disease, including cattle, sheep, goats, camels, pigs, reindeer, and wild boar.


CNN reported that AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport, Inc. has quarantined 32 dogs it had purchased at an auction while testing them for the disease.

These include recurrent fevers, arthritis, or chronic fatigue. According to a fact sheet released by the Iowa State University, the disease is spread through direct contact or exposure to infected animal fluids or by ingesting the bacteria. The organization in a statement on social media said, "We have not received any results yet. Therefore, we have closed our shelter building for the next 30 days", the adoption service wrote in a Facebook post. The infection is rarely seen in humans.

"This is just one more reason to ADOPT and not SHOP!"


"They spent their lives in these little tiny boxes breeding over and over and over, and to finally get out and get some freedom and have to die would be so tragic and terrible", Heinz said. They point out that available treatments for this infection do not lead to complete cure and there is a risk of recurrence or "recrudescence" of the infection in the animal.

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