Pets provide many benefits to humans. They comfort us and they
give us companionship. However, some animals can also pass
diseases to people. These diseases are called zoonoses.
animals can carry germs, it is important to know that you
are more likely to get some of these germs from contaminated
food or water than from your pet or another animal you
encounter. CDC has created this Web site to provide you
with information about the health-related risks of owning
and caring for animals. We encourage you to follow the
links located throughout this Web site for general information
about companion and wild animals and the diseases they
groups encourage people to enjoy the benefits of common
household pets. By following CDC's simple tips on the Healthy
Pets, Healthy People Web site, you can enjoy your pets
while protecting yourself against diseases they carry.
wild animals can carry diseases that are dangerous to people,
CDC discourages direct contact with wildlife. You should
never adopt wild animals as pets or bring them home. Teach
children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic,
even if the animals appear to be friendly.
Can my pet make me or other people sick? Learn what diseases your pet
and other animals can carry. Tips on how to keep yourself, your family,
and your pets healthy are included.
What diseases can animals carry? Learn about diseases that animals
can pass to people.
for People at Extra Risk
Some people are more likely than others to get diseases from animals.
If you have young children, are pregnant, have HIV/AIDS, have received
an organ transplant, or are being treated for cancer, these recommendations
will help you avoid getting sick from animals.
Attention health professionals! Physicians, nurses, community health
care workers, veterinarians, and veterinary technicians can easily
educate people about prevention of pet-related diseases by using CDC's
Find additional resources, including articles, selected local organizations,
information hotlines, brochures, posters, and links to other Web
sites, on how to have healthy pets and remain free of pet-related
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