Zoonosis, or zoonotic disease, is any disease that moves from an animal to a person. These diseases can be bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic. Many zoonotic diseases pose no harm to the animal that carries them but will make a human sick. Keep reading to find out more about zoonosis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), zoonotic diseases are prevalent. Scientists estimate that six out of every ten known infectious diseases in people come from animals. All types of animals are carriers of zoonotic diseases. From mosquitoes and ticks— which carry some of the more serious disease— to household pets such as cats and dogs.
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