WORLD ZOONOSES DAY 2019!
The objective is to raise awareness of the risk of zoonotic diseases amongst people.
The day commemorates July 6, 1885, when Louis Pasteur successfully administered the first vaccine against Rabies virus, a zoonotic disease.
Zoonoses are infectious diseases (virus, bacteria and parasites) that can be spread from animals to humans, and vice versa.
Zoonoses can spread from direct contact with animals or indirectly, vector-borne or food-borne.
Some common zoonotic diseases:
How to avoid zoonotic diseases?
- Good hand hygiene by washing hands with soap and clean water
- Preventive clothing for bites from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas
- Store and handle food safely and cook properly
- Avoid bites and scratches from animals
Animal Disease Control Programmes like Vaccination, Parasite control, quarantine and treatment, will drastically reduce the risk of Zoonoses.
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