JUMPING FROM ANIMAL TO MAN
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.