A recent outbreak of human infections among dogs and cats prompted the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue an advisory on what it calls “microorganism-borne disease outbreaks.”
In a report released Tuesday, the CDC said “the risk of human infection from these microorganisms has increased dramatically in recent years” and the number of pet owners with infections has increased from 4,000 in 2012 to 10,000 today.
In a statement to The Associated Press, CDC spokeswoman Jennifer Koester said the agency was concerned about the increased spread of the bacteria and urged people to get vaccinated.
The virus was first identified in dogs in October 2012 and spread to cats and dogs in the United States by July of this year.
A spokesman for the state of Kentucky said a new outbreak of a new coronavirus strain in Kentucky has led the state to adopt a new “superfectious” quarantine policy.
The spokesman said a coronaviral strain that was previously not on the list of superfectious strains has been identified in a Kentucky dog.
The new strain of coronaviruses is now on the superfection list.
He said the new coronivirus strain is not on any list of strains that are known to cause illness in humans.