If you guessed that ZOOnotic diseases have something to do with animals, you are right. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a zoonotic disease is one that can spread between animals and humans under natural conditions—such as in homes, on farms, and at county fairs and petting zoos—and can be caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. Ironically, animals that can transmit zoonotic pathogens (disease-causing germs) to people often have no symptoms of disease and simply act as carriers.
Zoonotic, Emerging, and Waterborne Diseases
Zoonotic diseases are also very common: At least six out of every 10 infectious diseases in humans are thought to be spread from animals. Wildlife serves as a “reservoir” for many diseases common to domestic animals and humans. Moreover, zoonotic pathogens are closely tied to so-called emerging (or reemerging) infectious diseases, and up to 75% of emerging pathogens are thought to … READ MORE >>READ MORE >>