Identifying and assessing large animal zoonoses

While rodents and birds are perhaps the biggest transmitters, several zoonotic diseases are passed through large animals.

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July 6 is World Zoonoses Day and now, more than ever, awareness of these diseases is vital. Zoonoses, as you know, are diseases that are able to pass between people and animals. Education and knowledge of such diseases are important for not just the practitioner’s and veterinary health care team’s overall wellbeing but also being able to impart such information to our clients should their pet or animal be diagnosed with a zoonotic disease.
Approximately 61 percent of human pathogens are zoonotic, and approximately 75 percent of the emerging pathogens in the past decade have been believed to be zoonotic (I’m looking at you COVID-19). Unfortunately for us and our patients, interstate and international movement can allow fo...


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