Outbreak linked to Petland puppies

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WASHINGTON (WIBW) — An outbreak of Campylobacter that has spread to five states, including Kansas, has been linked to puppies sold by a national pet store chain, the Center for Disease Control warns.

The outbreak, which has spread to seven states and sent nine people to the hospital, has been connected to the dogs sold at Petland. The owner of the Topeka Petland, Stacy Williams, told 13 NEWS their store has not been affected.

In all, 39 people have been diagnosed with the bacterial disease, or have at least shown symptoms of being infected, according to CDC numbers Tuesday morning. Twelve of them worked at Petland, while the other 27 recently bought a puppy there, or visited a store, or went to/live in a home where a Petland puppy live.

The CDC offers the following tips for:

Campylobactor can spread through dog feces and usually won't spread from one person to another.

In addition to Kansas, the outbreak has spread to Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

The CDC says Petland is cooperating with public health, and animal health, officials on the situation. The agency says it will provide updates as more information becomes available.