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This was on our local news this morning because these are all counties that surround our county.


Quote:The disease can cause the death of puppies.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 2:41 p.m.


(AP) -- The Michigan Department of Agriculture says several dogs in Michigan tested positive for canine brucellosis. The department on Wednesday said it was putting Michigan veterinarians on heightened alert for the disease. It says it was found in three dog breeding facilities in Missaukee, Osceola, and Wexford counties. The department says two dogs from Indiana that tested positive also were found in Van Buren County. The disease can cause the death of puppies.

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http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/brucellosis_g.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brucellosis :

Brucellosis, also called undulant fever, or Malta fever, in humans is a highly contagious zoonosis (infectious disease transmitted from animals to humans) caused by eating of raw minced meat is also a common cause of the infection Brucella. Brucella spp. are small, gram-negative, non-motile, non-spore-forming rods. Brucella spp. are facultative intracellular parasites causing chronic disease, which usually persists for life. Brucellosis is a bacterial disease of both humans and animals recognized since the 19th century
 

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It is most commonly passed through breeding dogs and responsible breeders will always insist that females be tested before breeding and that their males are also clear. The test itself is inexpensive.

It sounds like the culprits in this are the puppymillers and the kennels that have it right now are the ones breeding the small breed and small mixed breed dogs for big bucks. This part of MI is loaded with these puppymills and they commonly pass around dogs amongst themselves which is why it's bad in MI and IN. Of course they don't invest in any kind of testing.
 
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