World Zoonoses Day is annually observed on 6 July.
is observed with an aim to create awareness on zoonotic diseases, measures to
prevent them, and how to treat it if exposed.
The day is observed to honor Louis
Pasteur who successfully administered the first Rabies virus vaccine, a
Zoonoses: A fact file
The word 'Zoonoses' is derived from the Greek words zoon
(animal) and nosos (ailment). Zoonoses is all about the spread of infectious
disease between species, done by a vector from animals to humans and from human
to other animals.
There about 150 known zoonotic diseases.
People who work with wildlife are exposed to the potential
for disease transmission from animals.
People get infected with zoonotic
diseases from contact with infected live poultry, reptiles, rodents, insects,
amphibians, and other domestic and wild animals.