World Zoonoses Day falls on the 6th of July every year. Notably, the 6th of July is celebrated worldwide to create awareness about various zoonotic diseases.
In particular, zoonotic diseases are those diseases that are transmitted between humans and Animals and vice-versa.
In this article, let’s learn more about the significance of Zoonoses and its impact on humans.
World Zoonoses Day- 6th July
Firstly, at present, more than 150 zoonotic diseases exist. Yeah, wildlife promptly works as a reservoir that is teeming with many unknown diseases.
It’s a health hazard that’s regularly overlooked, moreover over 75% of upcoming human diseases normally starts in animals.
In addition, World Zoonosis Day is quite important for humans because, on 6th July 1985, Louis Pasteur successfully treated Joseph Meister for rabies.
What are Zoonoses?
In fact, zoonoses are virally transmitted diseases in the league of parasitic diseases like tapeworms, or bacterial diseases like brucellosis.
Not to mention, all of the above-mentioned conditions easily pass from animals to humans. Persons or individuals working with wildlife must always remain alert to the alarming prospect for disease transmission.
Neither general public or animal trainers have any solid reason to be afraid and every individual should adopt safe preventive steps.
In other words, disease prevention looks much easy than the actual treatment.
Overall, at present, effective advances in the fields of vaccination and medical science controls the growth of diseases like zoonoses.
How zoonoses diseases spread?
Zoonoses spread from animal contact, directly or indirectly, or food or vector-borne. Besides, zoonotic diseases are quite common, for instance, borreliosis or encephalitis. In addition, diseases like campylobacter, botulism, EHEC, Yersinia, and salmonella are also zoonotic diseases.
Steps to Prevent Zoonoses
Some simple steps to prevent zoonoses include
- Avoid scratches and bites from all animals including domestic
- Cook hygienically and safely store food
- Use preventive clothing and safeguard yourselves from fleas, ticks, and mosquito bites
- Maintain good hand hygiene
Must-know details about Zoonoses
- Derived from two Greek words Nosos (ailment) and Zoon (animal), the word “Zoonoses” indicate ailments related to animals.
- Not to mention, zoonotic diseases spread due to contact with affected wild and domestic animals, amphibians, insects, rodents, and reptiles.
- Important zoonotic diseases include rabies, scabies, hookworms, roundworms, tick paralysis, cat scratch fever, and tuberculosis.