The World Zoonoses Day is observed every year on July 6 to create awareness on zoonotic diseases, how to prevent them and what actions to take when exposed.
About World Zoonoses Day:
The word zoonoses have been derived from the Greek words zoon (animal) and nosos (ailment). As per the veterinary doctors, there are about 150 known zoonotic diseases.
It is all about spread of infectious disease between species, sometimes done by a vector from animals to humans and from humans to other animals.
People can get infected by zoonotic diseases from contact with infected live poultry, reptiles, rodents, insects, amphibians and other domestic and wild animals.
Prominent zoonotic diseases are tuberculosis, cat scratch fever, tick paralysis, roundworms, hookworms, scabies and rabies.
Significance of the day
The day emphasizes about Zoonotic disease and problems caused by them. It urges people to take the right action. The purpose of the day is to show how the disease can be prevented by taking precautionary measures.
Zoonosis or Zoonotic disease is an infectious disease transmitted from animals to humans.
It can spread from direct or indirect contact with animals.
One of the common ways for transmission of the disease is through mosquito or tick bites.
The disease is caused by Bacteria, Viruses, and Parasites.
The common zoonotic diseases are a plague, tick paralysis, and Hantavirus among others.
Ways to avoid the disease:
Maintaining a good hand hygiene by washing hands with soap and clean water; Wearing dresses which are preventive from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas; Store and handle food safely & cook properly and Avoid bites and scratches from animals.