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Zoonotic Diseases

Zoonotic Diseases

Animals can sometimes carry dangerous germs that transmit to humans and cause illness; these are known as Zoonotic diseases or Zoonoses. Zoonotic diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungus. These viruses can cause a wide range of ailments in humans and animals, from moderate to severe illness and even death. Depending on the zoonotic disease, animals may appear healthy even though they are carrying germs that can make people sick.

Zoonotic infections are quite widespread in the United States and throughout the world. According to scientists, more than six out of every ten recognized infectious diseases in humans can be transmitted by animals, and three out of every four novel or emerging infectious diseases in humans are transmitted by animals. As a result, the CDC works around the clock to safeguard people from zoonotic diseases in the United States and around the world.

The following are some of the disorders caused by these viruses:


  • Anthrax
  • Brucellosis
  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Listeriosis
  • Psittacosis
  • Rabies
  • Salmonellosis
  • Trichinosis
  • Q-Fever
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