Dogs are a man’s (and a woman’s) best friend. But, as any person who has ever has had a dog chew on their shoes knows that this isn’t exactly true. As adorable as those furry creates may be, pregnant women should take some kind of precaution with them, because according to a new study published on Wednesday, dogs can spread illness to pregnant women. And although the study found that contracting the illness is rare, pregnant women should be aware of this.
The new study, published in Emerging Infectious Diseases and conducted by researchers at Texas A&M University, according to People, found that dogs are able to spread a bacterial infection called brucellosis to all humans, including pregnant women. But it can be particularly risky for pregnant women, due to the “negative effects” it has on pregnancy.
Although this understandably sounds very scary, according to the new study, contracting brucellosis is a little rare and the amount of cases prevalent in the United States are pretty unknown. Still, the study found that people who come in contact with dogs who have brucellosis are at risk of contracting brucellosis, especially those who have compromised immune systems, according to People.
So how do people contract brucellosis? According to UPI, it’s likely to be contracted by those who have contact with a dog’s reproductive organs or their urine — but it takes a lot to get a human sick from their animal. “An average, healthy adult would probably not contract this disease unless they were exposed to a really high concentration of bacteria,” Martha Hensel, lead researcher of the study, said, according to People.
The symptoms people get after contracting brucellosis are those that they can’t really ignore. According to the Centers…