Zoonoses diseases are common in the USA. Scientists estimate 6 out of every 10 infectious diseases in people are spread from animals and 75 percent of new or emerging diseases are also spread from animals.
Salmonella is contracted when people eat contaminated food. Also, it can be transmitted between people and animals.
Ringworm is a fungal infection that affects the skin and is spread from animals to humans.
Ringworm will appear in pets as a dry, scaly, itchy patch in the skin. In humans, it appears as a round lesion with the scaly ring around the edge with redness and itching.
It is imperative to have yearly fecal exams for your pets and keep parasites under control. Raccoon roundworms have been known to cause death in humans.
Always wash your hands especially after you play with your pets or even if you don't touch the animals. Hand washing will reduce the incidence of many bacterial diseases.
Dog feces should be removed from your yard and when taking a dog for a walk.
Clean your cat litter box daily to lower the exposure to parasites.
Cat scratch fever is a flea-borne infection that is transmitted to humans through a scratch or bite. The infection can result in swollen lymph nodes, fever, and lethargy. If this occurs to you, check with your doctor.
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