Dogs with inflamed lymph nodes, acting abnormally, losing weight, or are lethargic may be infected.
The department is notifying those who have custody of the exposed dogs. Both the animals and the facilities are quarantined while the dogs undergo testing.
Iowa officers are warning residents concerning the illness in canines that may be handed to people.Dr. Jeff Kaisand, the state veterinarian, has confirmed several circumstances of "canine Brucellosis" coming from an industrial small-canine breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa.
Iowa health officials advise anyone who "recently acquired a new, small breed dog" from Marion County to contact their veterinarian.
The infection spreads among dogs by contamination of birthing fluids and tissues and infected semen.
Canine brucellosis causes a severe infection among dogs. In people, Canine brucellosis manifests as fever, headache, chills, sweats, weakness, depression and pain in joints, muscle and the back. The disease is transmissible from dogs to humans say experts. Veterinarians, wildlife officers and farm workers are also at higher risk.
The department says the threat to most pet owners is very low.
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Having a sick dog can be a serious bummer.
As for the dogs in Iowa's dog shelters, each of them - infected or not - have been placed in quarantine till they pose a risk to others or themselves. Thus this disease is called a "zoonotic disease" meaning it can be transmitted from animals to humans.
Heinz said someone contacted them about the auction and said this particular commercial breeder was closing and would have some of the older dogs up for adoption, which is why they made a decision to attend. The Iowa State public health center adds that the infection may also cause damage to the eyes, heart and the nervous system in humans.
Human health concerns should be directed to the Iowa Department of Public Health or your primary care physician.
In the post, AHeinz57 said it had purchases 32 dogs at an auction. "They don't know to do a brucellosis test". The organization in a statement on social media said, "We have not received any results yet".
Heinz said they had to quarantine their adoption building for an additional 30 days. "Please pray for our sweet babies that were finally getting the chance to have a happy life". The infection is rarely seen in humans.