Tenn. health officials call on public to help fight zoonoses

Last year, Tennessee saw a spike in infections from tick and mosquito-borne diseases, and this year, public health officials are asking people to help track and prevent zoonoses such as West Nile virus, La Crosse encephalitis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. Bobcat fever, a tick-borne disease affecting cats, and heartworm disease, transmitted by mosquitoes, are of concern in pets. "So many animals still get heartworms every year," said Sharon Patton of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. "... That's sort of sad when it can be prevented."

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