Ongoing Outbreak of Extensively Drug-Resistant Campylobacter jejuni Infections Associated With US Pet Store Puppies, 2016-2020

  18 September 2021

This survey study identified 168 cases from public health reports of Campylobacter infections with an epidemiologic or molecular link to pet store puppies from 2011 to 2020; 97% of patients reported contact with a dog, of whom 88% reported contact with a pet store puppy. Isolates were resistant to 7 antibiotic classes, including all recommended treatment agents.

Extensively drug-resistant C jejuni strains have emerged as a cause of illness among pet store customers, employees, and visitors; infections caused by these strains cannot be treated with commonly recommended oral antibiotics.

Further reading: JAMA Network
Author(s): Louise K. Francois Watkins et al
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