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As the Florida Panhandle recovers from Hurricane Michael, Florida Health is urging everyone to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) exposure by taking precautions with portable generators, gas-powered appliances and charcoal or gas grills.

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Epidemiology Program’s “Disease Detectives” (Alvina Chu, Jennifer Jackson, Heyda Rodriguez, and Ashley Vineyard) began an investigation of local Campylobacter jejuni infections associated with puppies at local pet stores. Based on fecal samples and laboratory confirmation, a linkage was established with the puppies and a national pet store chain based in Ohio.

In August 2017, DOH-Orange notified the CDC of the Campylobacter jejuni infections and the linkage between the puppies in Orange County and the national chain. Soon a multistate investigation was initiated by local and state health and agriculture departments. The results of the additional investigations established the existence of a multi-state outbreak of multidrug-resistant bacteria.

By the end of February 2018, a total of 118 persons, including 29 pet store employees, meeting the case definition of Campylobacter infection were reported in 18 states. No deaths occurred, however, 26 individuals were hospitalized due to the infection.

Bacterial outbreak found in Orlando linked to contact with pet store puppies