#3: Bacteria can be found in your dog’s stool
Many signs seen in people will appear similar to illness signs in your dog. Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting are the most common indicators your pet is suffering from a fecal-borne bacterial condition.
Roundworm (including hookworm and whipworm) larva can migrate throughout the body to the brain, lungs, kidneys, liver, heart, or eyes. Roundworm larva can cause blindness.
E. Coli and other fecal coliforms live in the intestines of many animals. Certain strains can escape into the bloodstream, or cause stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. For people with weakened immune systems, E.coli infection can result in death.
Tapeworms can infect humans through the pores of their skin or by being ingested. They attach to the intestines and absorb nutrients from their host.
Cryptosporidium and Giardia microscopic parasites found in water. They can cause intestinal diseases (giardiasis or “beaver fever ” and cryptosporidiosis).
Cyclospora infection usually incubates in the body for a week and then causes gastroenteritis that can wax and wane for over a month.
How Diseases Transmit Between Animals and Humans
These tiny organisms are easily transmitted between animals and people causing signs of illness common to most parasitic infections: vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, anorexia, poor fur coat, anemia and lethargy.
In some cases, healthy adult animals and people exhibit no symptoms at all, but can be actively shedding pathogens. Because humans are not the typical “host” for parasites such as roundworms, sometimes larval and adult worms take up residence outside of the gut.
Migration in tissues has caused disease in the lung, eye (which can lead to blindness), and skin. Besides direct hand to mouth transmission and direct skin contact with larvae, bacteria and parasites can be disseminated from a pile of fecal matter on lawn mower blades, the bottoms of shoes, after rainfall to areas of water run-off and nearby streams, and even on the bottoms of tiny fly feet.
What are other diseases form dog poop? Salmonella, E. Coli, and Campylobacter are bacteria that are excreted in the feces of even healthy dogs.
The Georgia-based Clean Water Campaign estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, dehydration, and kidney disorders in humans. You can do the math or trust mine; more than 70 million dogs in the United States alone produce over 10 million tons of poop each year.
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Most of us, probably. But be mindful of hygiene when welcoming your new furry baby into your home.
Bacterial infections that have sickened 39 people in seven US states have been linked to puppies sold through Petland, a national pet store chain, US health officials say.
And while animal lovers will adopt rather than shop, one should still be careful, as bacteria can easily be carried via dogs.
Campylobacter infections have been reported between September 2016 and August 2017 in Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nine people have been hospitalised. No deaths have been reported.
On the African continent, outbreaks are particularly common in Mali, Gambia, Kenya and Mozambique. In South Africa, there is a 47.4% prevalence of campylobacter infections in children under-five with acute watery diarrhoea.
“Evidence suggests that puppies sold through Petland are a likely source of this outbreak,” according to a CDC news release. “Petland is cooperating with public health and animal health officials to address this outbreak.”
Campylobacter is a bacteria that causes people to develop diarrhoea (sometimes bloody), cramping, abdominal pain, and fever within two to five days of exposure to the organism, said Dr Sophia Jan, director of general paediatrics at Cohen Childrens Medical Center, in New Hyde Park, New York.
“The illness typically lasts about a week without treatment,” Jan said. But for people with compromised immune systems, campylobacter infections can be life threatening, she added.
Most cases in humans occur from eating raw or undercooked chicken, or eating foods that have been cross contaminated by infected poultry products, Jan noted.
However, humans can get infected from contact with the stool of an infected puppy, she added.
Twelve of the people sickened in this outbreak were Petland employees in four states. The other 27 had either bought a Petland puppy, shopped at Petland or visited someone who had purchased a puppy from Petland, the CDC report says.
Infected dogs may or may not show signs of illness, such as diarrhoea, vomiting, or a fever, so its important to take precautions when around dogs, the CDC says.
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