20th January 2018


The infections naturally transmissible between vertebrate animal hosts and humans are called Zoonoses. (Rudolf Virchow 1880). WHO (1959) defines Zoonoses as "those diseases and infections which are naturally transmitted between vertebrate animals and man". Major modern Zoonoses include Ebola virus disease, Salmonellosis, Anthrax, Brucellosis and Influenza. Zoonoses can be caused by a range of disease pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites; out of 1, 415 pathogens known to infect humans, more than 61% were zoonotic.

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