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Multiple cases of a bacterial disease have been found in dogs in central Iowa, state officials said.

Moreover, this announcement said 'if pet owners recently acquired a new, small breed dog from Marion County, they should contact their veterinarian'. Both the dogs and the facilities will be quarantined while the infected canines undergo clinical testing.

Dogs that catch the disease may show symptoms including reproductive problems (abortions, stillbirth, infertility) as well as behavioral abnormalities, lethargy and weight loss.

Meanwhile, humans who contract the infection go on to develop headache, weakness, heavy sweating, joint pains, and fever.

Okay, let me first say that the likelihood of a pet owner actually getting this disease is "very low", according to Iowa State Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand. Iowa State University recommended disinfecting areas that have been exposed to an infected dog and keeping sick animals away from healthy ones to prevent the spread of the disease.

Heinz said the most hard thing about this disease is dogs can't get rid of it like humans can and usually have to be put down to prevent the spread to other dogs or humans.

"People who come in contact with breeding dogs, [or] newborn puppies ... should use caution and practice good sanitation". These animals will be tested before they would be sent back.

The disease can survive for months but can be eliminated with heat and disinfectants.

"We have not received any results yet", the organization posted on Facebook.

AHeinz57 revealed that it will temporarily close its shelter building for the next 30 days. Their review titled, "Canine Brucellosis: Old Foe and Reemerging Scourge", was published in the journal The Veterinary Clinics of North America.

"Persons with a weakened immune system due to disease or medication, young children, and pregnant women are likely at greater risk of developing more severe symptoms if they are exposed", the Department said in a notice.

The researchers caution that all dogs need to be mandatorily screened and tested for the infection before they are imported or cleared for interstate travel. They don't know to do a brucellosis test. 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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