Help to prevent zoonotic transmission of C. jejuni infection
To really make One Health approaches to zoonotic disease catch on will take advice and education from everyone involved. In your community, could you and your veterinary hospital team be part of the solution on social media, in local media and in education at pet stores? Here are recommendations from the CDC on the C. jejuni outbreak with tasks for each stakeholder in human-animal relationships:
- Pet owners need education on 1) proper handwashing, 2) proper sanitation measures to use when cleaning animal areas and 3) when to seek veterinary care for sick puppies.
- Pet store employees need education on 1) proper handwashing, 2) proper sanitation measures to use when cleaning animal areas, 3) proper personal protective equipment when cleaning animal areas and 4) the importance of storing their food away from animal areas.
- Physicians and other human healthcare providers need to 1) make patients aware of the multidrug-resistant strain of C. jejuni and 2) promote antimicrobial stewardship among patients.
- Veterinarians need to 1) educate clinic staff and clients about proper handwashing and sanitation measures when handling and cleaning puppies and the areas where they’re housed, 2) educate clients about the risks of zoonotic disease transmission, 3) advise clients about the need to seek immediate veterinary care for puppies that become ill and 4) perform diagnostic testing for C. jejuni in puppies with clinical signs suggestive of infection with the bacterium, especially in those with bloody mucoid diarrhea.