Katie Singleton, who worked at the Mall of Georgia Petland store, was hospitalized for several days.
"Essentially, it felt like you were dying," she told Channel 2 Action News consumer investigator Jim Strickland.
Most of the illnesses have been reported in Florida and Ohio. Twenty-nine of the 118 people affected worked in pet stores.
Although the CDC has concluded its investigation, it reports the risk of illness continues because the "prolonged nature of the outbreak and the potential for puppy commingling indicates a potential for continued transmission of multidrug-resistant Campylobacter industrywide, including at breeders, distributors, transporters, and stores, and ultimately in customers' homes."
Although most people who are otherwise healthy will recover within a week, infants, people over 65 and those with a weakened immune system could face complications.
About 1 in every 1,000 reported Campylobacter illnesses leads to Guillain-Barré syndrome. GBS can lead to muscle weakness and sometimes temporary paralysis. Nearly 40 percent of GBS cases in the United States may be triggered by Campylobacter infection, according to the CDC.
Symptoms of Campylobacter infection are diarrhea (often bloody), fever and abdominal cramps. The diarrhea might be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. These symptoms usually start two to five days after exposure and last about a week.