What is a zoonosis disease?
Zoonosis is a disease that can be transmitted to humans from animals. Transmission occurs when an animal infected with bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi comes into contact with humans. Zoonotic diseases can be global, or they can be inherent to a specific region of the world.
Zoonoses are infectious diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans. Zoonoses can be caused by a range of disease pathogens including viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites (see below). Of 1,415 pathogens known to infect humans, 61% are zoonotic.
- LYME SCI: Zoonotic diseases spread from animals to people. In fact, according to the CDC, zoonotic diseases account for over 60% of all communicable diseases causing illness in humans. Animal-to-human transmission. Some zoonotic diseases, like rabies, are transmitted by the bite of an infected animal.
- Some canine tapeworms are also zoonotic. The most common dog tapeworm is the flea tapeworm. This is not readily transmitted to humans, as swallowing an infected flea is required to become infected. However, when it does occur, infection is more common in children.
- Q fever, also called query fever, is a bacterial infection caused by the bacteria Coxiella burnetii. The bacteria are most commonly found in cattle, sheep, and goats around the world. Humans typically get Q fever when they breathe in dust that was contaminated by infected animals.
Updated: 29th September 2018