Zoonosis refers to any infectious disease that can be transmitted from animals, both wild and domestic, to humans. The word is derived from Greek words zoon (animal) and nosos (disease). Many serious diseases fall under this category.
Some agents that can carry zoonoses include:
Zoonoses can be listed according to the infective agent :
Some of the more important zoonoses are :
- Cutaneous larva migrans
- Lassa fever
- Ebola fever
- Marburg virus infection
- Foot and mouth disease (Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease)
- all kinds of worm infestation
This list is not by all means complete.