Dog lover thinking twice about asking for paws in Iowa..
State Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand has confirmed several cases of “canine Brucellosis” coming from a commercial small-dog breeding facility in Marion County. The sickness is known to only affect dogs and humans, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.
“We are in the process of notifying the individuals who have custody of the exposed dogs,” a Friday news release from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship states. “Both the animals and the facilities are quarantined while the dogs undergo clinical testing.”
The zoonotic bacterial disease, “zoonotic” meaning the sickness can be transmitted from one animal to people or other types of animals, is spread through reproductive fluids, the release states.