Multistate Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Campylobacter Infections
Linked to Contact with Pet Store Puppies

  • Pet owners should be aware that any puppy or dog, regardless of where it is purchased or adopted, may carry germs like Campylobacter that can make people sick. To prevent getting sick, people should always wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water right after they touch dogs or their food, or clean up after them.
  • Infection prevention measures are needed throughout the distribution chain, from dog breeders to distributors to store locations, to prevent the spread of illness among puppies.
  • This multidrug-resistant outbreak highlights the need for responsible use of antibiotics in pets.
Quote from the Disease Detective

“This multidrug-resistant outbreak was not only a reminder for people to wash their hands well after touching puppies and dogs, but also of the need to use antibiotics appropriately in pets.”

-Scott Robertson, DVM, MPH, EIS Class of 2017

Scott Roberson, DVM, MPH, EIS Class of 2017, examines a puppy for signs of diarrhea.

Scott Roberson, DVM, MPH, EIS Class of 2017, examines a puppy for signs of diarrhea.

Scott Roberson, DVM, MPH, EIS Class of 2017, and Martha Montgomery, MD, MHS, EIS Class of 2016 prepare to collect fecal samples from puppies.

Scott Roberson, DVM, MPH, EIS Class of 2017, and Martha Montgomery, MD, MHS, EIS Class of 2016 prepare to collect fecal samples from puppies.

Contact Information

CDC Media Relations
(404) 639-3286
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Conference Information
Spokesperson

Dr. Scott Robertson

 

Scott Robertson, DVM, MPH, EIS Class of 2017
CDC’s National Center for Emerging Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases

Education: DVM: Tufts University, 2005; MPH: University of West Florida, Present; MS: University of Washington (Seattle/Main campus), 2001; MS: California State University, Sacramento, 2001

Work Experience: Public Health Flight Commander, United States Air Force, 2015-Present; Director of Public Health Operations, United States Air Force, Eglin Air Force Base, FL, 2013-2015; Community Health Element Chief, United States Air Force, Hill Air Force Base, UT, 2010-2012; Lead Veterinarian, Bar S Animal Clinic, Wickenburg, AZ, 2010-2010; Associate Veterinarian, Rawls Veterinary, PC, Peoria, AZ, 2008-2010