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Diseases Transmitted from Animals to Humans

Zoonoses are infectious diseases – including parasitic infections – that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Zoonoses pose a significant threat to human health, especially when humans and animals live close together and when humans are in contact with animal products Examples are: rabies, bovine tuberculosis and many diarrhoeal diseases.

This Agrodok has been written for people who live and work with animals or animal products, to arouse awareness among its readers of the significance of zoonoses to human health. It provides information about the prevention of these diseases in humans and in animals, explaining the causes, the transmission and how to protect against them. The focus is on developing countries and on rural and urban situations.

Version 1, 2008