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Zoonotic Diseases (Human)

Diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans.

Safe Handling of Commercial Pet Food
Salmonella is a common source of food poisoning in humans, but may also be a factor for dogs, cats, and other animals, too. A sometimes overlooked source of contamination in the home is commercially prepared pet foods; dry kibble, canned foods, and prepared raw diets for dogs and cats. Here are tips to keep your human and pet family safe from...

Rabies - A Zoonotic Disease Affecting Pets, Wildlife and People
Rabies is a zoonotic disease that can infect pets, wildlife and people. Learn how to protect your family and your pet from rabies.

Zoonotic Diseases - Pet Diseases That Can Threaten Your Family
Zoonoses are diseases that can be passed from animals to people. Read about some of the most common zoonotic diseases that can be passed from pets to people.

How to Protect Yourself from Zoonotic Diseases
Zoonoses, diseases that can be passed from pets and other animals to people, can cause illness that ranges from mild to severe, depending on the disease itself. Learn how to protect your family from zoonotic diseases.

Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis in Dogs, Cats and People
Anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis are both diseases that can be passed to pets and people through the bite of a tick. Learn how to protect your family and your pets from these diseases.

Lyme Disease in Dogs and People
Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease that can infect both dogs and people. Learn more about how Lyme disease is spread and whether your dog poses a threat to you and your family.

Escherichia coli (E. coli) Infection in Dogs, Cats and People
Escherichia coli (E. coli) infection is a zoonosis that can infect dogs, cats and people. Simple precautions can help protect your pets and your family from this zoonotic disease.

Salmonella Infections in Dogs, Cats and People
Salmonella is a zoonotic disease that can infect dogs, cats and people. Simple precautions can help you protect your pets and your family from becoming infected with Salmonella.

Campylobacter and Campylobacteriosis in Dogs, Cats and People
Campylobacteriosis is a zoonotic disease that can be passed to dogs, cats and people. Learn more about Campylobacter and how to protect your family and your family pets.

Protecting Your Family from Food- and Water-Borne Disease of Animal Origin
There are many diseases that can be passed to both pets and people through contaminated food and water. Learn how to protect yourself, your family and your pets from food- and water-borne diseases.

Protect Yourself and Your Family From Dog and Cat Intestinal Parasites
There are a number of intestinal parasites that can be passed to people through dogs and cats. Learn how to keep your family safe from zoonotic intestinal parasites.

Giardia in Dogs, Cats, People and Other Animals
Giardiasis is an infection of the intestinal tract with the organism known as Giardia. Giardia is a zoonotic parasite - it can infect dogs, cats, people and many other types of animals.

Tapeworms in Dogs, Cats, People and Other Animals
Tapeworms are parasites that can infect pets and people. Learn about the life cycle of the tapeworm, how infection can occur and how to avoid tapeworm infections.

Hookworms in Dogs, Cats and People
Hookworms are parasites that infect cats and dogs as well as people. Learn about hookworm infections in the feline, canine and human. Find out how to avoid hookworm infections.

Roundworms in Dogs, Cats, People and Other Animals
Roundworms, also known as ascarids, are intestinal parasites that can infect dogs, cats, people and numerous other species of animals. Learn more about roundworms and how you can protect yourself and your family from their zoonotic nature.

Leptospirosis in Dogs and People
Leptospirosis is caused by a complex group of closely related bacteria of the genus Leptospira. Leptospirosis is a contagious disease that can infect both dogs and people.

Toxoplasmosis - A Zoonotic Disease Involving Cats and People
Toxoplasmosis is a disease that can infect cats and people. It is especially dangerous for pregnant women.

Ringworm in Dogs, Cats and People
Ringworm is a fungus that infects people and animals. Learn more about this common pathogen and how get rid of it.

H1N1 and Animals

Stories about the H1N1 virus is in the news daily, and can be overwhelming. This news archive is focused on animal cases of H1N1. According to the CDC, the swine version (influenza type A H1N1) was first isolated from a pig in 1930. To date, The H1N1 cases documented in turkeys, ferrets and a cat have caught the H1N1 virus from humans, not the other way around.

For human H1N1 informati…

Giardia in Pets and People - Giardia is a Zoonotic Disease
Giardia is a one-celled protozoan parasite that lives in the intestinal tract of many animals. When this parasite produces a diarrheal diease in animals, it is called Giardiasis. Learn about this parasite, how it is transmitted, signs of disease, and how it is diagnosed and treated in this FAQ.

Have you had a zoonotic disease?
Zoonotic diseases are illnesses spread between animals and pets. These illnesses can be in the form of viral, bacterial, fungal, protozoal or parasite infections. Some diseases, such as rabies, are fatal. Others, such as ringworm and fleas are merely irritations, but nonetheless a problem. Parasite control and practicing good hygiene reduce or eliminate many risks. Have you experienced a zoonotic…

Animal Bites, Scratches and Injuries to Humans
Animals, even well-trained ones, can be unpredictable. Pet owners and bystanders should exercise caution when dealing with animals that are stressed, frightened or injured to protect themselves from bites and scratches. The purpose of this Quick Tip is to alert pet owners of the potential danger of animal bites and scratches. Animal bites and injuries must be discussed with and treated by a human physician, as soon as possible if the injuries are severe.

Zoonotic Diseases
From your About.com Guide - a discussion of what zoonotic diseases are, where to get information, and how to prevent getting sick.

Anthrax
Veterinary Q & Q: Anthrax - Veterinary and human information about this much-talked about zoonotic disease.

American Lyme Disease Foundation
Excellent resource site for Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases.

Rabies Alert
From your Guide - Veterinary Q & A: Rabies. Learn the signs of this fatal disease and how to protect yourself and your pets.

Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
Respiratory disease not just for dogs. Rabbits, cats, humans (rare), and possibly pigs, too.

Rabies
Rabies infection in children, and what to do if your child is bitten by an animal. (Good general Rabies information here, not just for children.)

Rabies
From the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Detailed information about the Rabies virus and disease, plus links to public health departments in the US.

Racoon Roundworms (Baylisascaris procyonis) Emerging Zoonotic Disease
In-depth medical article with synopsis of this serious zoonotic diease, racoon roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis) infection.

Roundworm Transmission - How to Prevent
From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this article is geared towards veterinarians - for treatment options and to educate the public.

Salmonella Prevention
This article is geared toward reptile owners, but is valuable information for everyone.

Sarcoptic Mange
Detailed discussion of this mite infestation in humans, complete with photos and diagrams. (See also: Dog Diseases - S)

Zoonosis Web Page
Click on the species of interest, get a list of possible zoonotic diseases from that animal. Web page by Daniel S. Shapiro, M.D.

Zoonotic Disease Tutorial
Extensive data bank of several zoonotic diseases, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.

Rabies in Pets - Dealing with Dogs and Cats That Have Been Exposed to Rabies
Rabies is a zoonotic disease that can be passed from pets to people. It is a fatal disease in mammals.

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