Examples of zoonotic diseases
- animal flu.
- bird flu.
- bovine tuberculosis.
- Campylobacter infection.
- cat scratch fever.
What are the most common zoonotic diseases?
Common zoonotic illnesses include:
- Rabies. Rabies is a disease that affects the nervous system of mammals.
- Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Lyme disease is transmitted through tick bites.
- Dengue, malaria, and chikungunya.
- Salmonella infection.
- Other types.
What are zoonotic diseases?
A zoonosis (plural zoonoses, or zoonotic diseases) is an infectious disease caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites that spread from non-human animals (usually vertebrates) to humans. Major modern diseases such as Ebola virus disease and salmonellosis are zoonoses.
What animals carry zoonotic diseases?
The most familiar examples of zoonotic diseases include:
- Anthrax which can be spread through animal contact or animal products.
- Bird flu transferred almost exclusively from birds to humans.
- Bubonic plaque which is spread through fleas.
- Ebola which is spread through contact with infected persons.
How many zoonotic diseases are there?
Zoonotic diseases are very common, both in the United States and around the world. Scientists estimate that more than 6 out of every 10 known infectious diseases in people can be spread from animals, and 3 out of every 4 new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals.