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Bug #218 closed:unresolved

SFGate exaggerated giardia risk from stolen puppy

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This bug appeared in a news report published by San Francisco Chronicle | SFGate on Mar 4, 2010 by Aileen Yoo. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Headline Problem

A post in "The Scavenger" blog, which had prominent placement on the home page on March 4, had a headline emphasizing that a stolen puppy infected with giardia could infect humans. The post itself also stated this — but it is unlikely for humans to contract giardia from dogs.

Supporting Information:

The front page headline/subhead stated:

"Puppy Stolen from SPCA, Has Giardia

$500 reward offered for the return of a sick puppy, no questions asked. Disease can be spread to humans."

The blog post stated:

"Cassidy is 3-months old and weighs about 17 pounds. She has giardia, an infection of the small intestines that can be spread to humans."


However, according to the animal health care professionals of the CAPC: "Giardia is a common cause of diarrhea in people, but dog Giardia is not generally considered to spread from animals to humans.  While human Giardia may infect dogs and then be passed on to humans, the majority of human cases are of human origin."

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Mark Follman has not contacted San Francisco Chronicle | SFGate

Bug History

Mar 09, 2010 3:34 pm Open Mark Follman
Mar 10, 2010 8:36 am Open: Under Discussion john tester
May 06, 2010 9:00 am Closed: Unresolved admin

Discussion Leave a comment


Dogs are a lot of work.

Mar 10, 2010 8:36 am