Examples of Zoonotic Diseases

Zoonotic diseases are diseases spread from animals to humans through direct or indirect contact, and via water, food and other methods.

Examples of zoonotic diseases include

Examples of zoonotic diseases
  • Corona-virus (COVID-19)
  • animal flu
  • anthrax
  • bird flu
  • bovine tuberculosis
  • brucellosis
  • Campylobacter infection
  • cat scratch fever
  • cryptosporidiosis
  • cysticercosis
  • dengue fever
  • Ebola
  • encephalitis from ticks
  • enzootic abortion
  • erysipeloid
  • fish tank granuloma
  • giardiasis
  • glanders
  • hemorrhagic colitis
  • hepatitis E
  • hydatid disease
  • Leptospirosis
  • listeria infection
  • louping ill
  • Lyme disease
  • lymphocytic choriomeningitis
  • malaria
  • orf infection
  • parrot fever
  • pasteurellosis
  • plague
  • Q fever
  • rabies
  • rat-bite fever
  • ringworm
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Salmonella and E. coli infections
  • streptococcal sepsis
  • swine flu
  • toxocariasis
  • toxoplasmosis
  • trichinellosis
  • tularemia
  • West Nile virus
  • zoonotic diphtheria

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans. Coronaviruses are zoonotic infection from animals to humans while it is not clear from which animal and how it came to exist or how Covid-19 jumped to humans, the event has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan. Experts say that although bats carry the new coronavirus, it is thought it was passed to another animal before being transmitted to humans.

High-risk individuals for zoonotic diseases include:

  • pregnant women
  • adults aged 65 or older
  • children 5 years old or younger
  • those with HIV
  • those with cancer who are going through chemotherapy
  • others with weakened immune systems


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