Puppy out­break

Irish Examiner - Farming - - COVER STORY -

A campy­lobac­ter in­fec­tion epi­demic in the US in linked to a chain of pet shops.

The sus­pected source is a chain of pet shops where fam­ily mem­bers re­cently bought pup­pies.

The Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol said last week 55 peo­ple in 12 states were in­fected with campy­lobac­ter, and nearly all of them came into con­tact with pup­pies from the Pet­land chain.

The ill­ness causes fever, se­vere cramp­ing, and other gas­troin­testi­nal is­sues. Pet­land em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of proper hand sani­tis­ing when han­dling pets.

Up to 35% less grapes ex­pected in some of the EU’s vine­yards.

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