School of Veterinary Medicine assists Wisconsin animal shelters with canine brucellosis response

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) put out a press release ( that addresses two cases of brucellosis in Wisconsin.  In February, six organizations, including the Humane Society of Sheboygan County, received a transport of dogs via Humane Society International.   Two of the dogs have since tested positive for brucellosis.   None of the dogs appear to be ill and the risk of human or animal transmission is extremely low according to Sandra Newbury, clinical assistant professor at the SVM and director of the UW Shelter Medicine Program.

“This is a low risk situation, but in abundance of caution the dogs have been placed in quarantine to even further reduce the risk,” says Newbury. “The shelters are on top of this and are working with our program guided by state health officials.”  Newbury also emphasizes that there is little risk for other pets and members of the public. “There’s a very low risk of transmission for canine brucellosis outside of breeding operations,” she says.

The UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine is advising shelters on quarantine procedures and a central quarantine facility will be utilized to allow shelters to continue normal operations as soon as possible.  Some dogs were placed into adoptive homes prior to the positive tests.  Those adoptive families are being contacted by public health officials on home quarantine procedures.

The Humane Society of Sheboygan County is working very closely with the appropriate state agencies and is continuing normal business operations.

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Humane Society of Sheboygan County: Andrew Viglietti 920-458-2012

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