Disease Linked to Pet Store Spreads to 12 States

A disease linked to a petstore has made 55 people sick, and 13 hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The disease, caused by a bacteria spread by contact through dog feces, is causing people in 12 states including Missouri to exhibit symptoms.

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The disease has been traced back to Petland. 14 people are employees of the stores in 5 states, and 35 had either recently purchased a puppy, or visited a store just before the first case was reported in mid-September.

No deaths have been reported.

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