Global: July 6 – Is World Zoonoses Day

July 6 – World Zoonoses Day

A zoonosis is an infectious disease that has jumped from a non-human animal to humans. Zoonotic pathogens may be bacterial, viral or parasitic, or may involve unconventional agents and can spread to humans through direct contact or through food, water or the environment

https://www.cbd.int/article/world-zoonoses-day-2020

World Health Organisation:

A zoonosis is an infectious disease that has jumped from a non-human animal to humans. Zoonotic pathogens may be bacterial, viral or parasitic, or may involve unconventional agents and can spread to humans through direct contact or through food, water or the environment. They represent a major public health problem around the world due to our close relationship with animals in agriculture, as companions and in the natural environment. Zoonoses can also cause disruptions in the production and trade of animal products for food and other uses.

Zoonoses comprise a large percentage of all newly identified infectious diseases as well as many existing ones. Some diseases, such as HIV, begin as a zoonosis but later mutate into human-only strains. Other zoonoses can cause recurring disease outbreaks, such as Ebola virus disease and salmonellosis. Still others, such as the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, have the potential to cause global pandemics. 

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/zoonoses

 

List of zoonotic diseases found in the UK – Defra:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-zoonotic-diseases/list-of-zoonotic-diseases

Regards Mark

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