Report calls for greater vigilance on small-animal zoonotic diseases

11/12/2012 | · Australian (tiered subscription model), The

A coalition of public health organizations is calling for a system to monitor zoonotic infectious diseases in small companion animals. There are global monitoring systems in place for livestock diseases, and a similar system for small-animal zoonotic disease would help safeguard human health, a new paper suggests. "As dogs and cats have moved from the barn, to the house, to the bedroom, the potential for disease spread to humans increases," said U.K. veterinarian Michael Day, lead author of the report. "Control of diseases among dogs and cats is a good way to prevent spread to humans."

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