In animals, "sometimes they'll have a fever, they'll be lethargic (and) they may be vomiting as well," said Dr. Nicholas Berryessa of Blue Pearl Veterinary Clinic of Sandy Springs. If these behaviors surface, pet owners are advised to take pets to the vet quickly.
Health authorities are especially concerned because infections do not respond to the normal battery of antibiotics that are the first line of defense when someone is sick. These include such common antibiotics as azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, clindamycin, erythromycin, nalidixic acid, telithromycin, and tetracycline.
In other states, the CDC has linked cases to Petland stores, involving workers or customers who purchased puppies. A Petland spokesperson told WSB-TV that it will continue to assist the CDC in its investigation.
In the meantime, the CDC recommends the following:
- Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching puppies or picking up their poop.
- Work with your veterinarian to keep your animals healthy and prevent diseases.