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Zoonotic Diseases

Zoonotic diseases are infections that are spread between people and animals.

These infections are caused by germs, such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi.

Some can be severe and life threatening, such as rabies, and others may be milder and get better on their own.

Zoonotic diseases are very common. More than six of 10 known infectious diseases in people are spread between people and animals.








Resources from the Department of Health Services (DHS)

Safely Caring for a Cat, P-03340

Questions about zoonotic diseases? Contact us!
Phone: 608-267-9003 | Fax: 608-261-4976

Last revised January 26, 2023