JUMP­ING FROM AN­I­MAL TO MAN

Animal Scene - - VET VISIT -

Many dis­eases stick to one species only and for that we can be thank­ful. How­ever, there are also many other ill­nesses that jump across mul­ti­ple species. These are called zoonoses, or zoonotic dis­eases.

These kinds of dis­eases can be due to bac­te­ria, pro­to­zoans, fungi, viruses, and par­a­sites that, while seem­ingly at­tracted to our an­i­mal fam­ily mem­bers and live­stock, can also affect peo­ple, some­times with deadly con­se­quences.

This is the rea­son peo­ple who work with or keep an­i­mals as fam­ily mem­bers should know how to han­dle an­i­mals and re­lated ma­te­ri­als – to min­i­mize exposure to zoonotic dis­eases, ac­cord­ing to Agricultur­e Vic­to­ria’s web­site.

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