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Zoonotic diseases

Zoonotic diseases are diseases that are shared between people and animals. People can become infected with a zoonotic disease through contact with pets, livestock, or wild animals, even if those animals appear healthy. Some zoonotic diseases are transmitted through biting insects or through consumption of foods of animal origin. Because some zoonotic diseases can produce severe, possibly fatal, disease, it is important to take precautions to prevent infection. To reduce your risk of a zoonosis:
  •  Always practice appropriate hand and food hygiene
  • Avoid contact with wild or unfamiliar animals
  • Use repellent to prevent bites from insects and ticks
  • Ensure that your pets receive regular veterinary care
  • Review information available here on zoonoses you may encounter at home and abroad ​ ​​
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