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Resources and Recommendations Related to Animal Contact

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Questions about importing dogs, cats, or other animals into the United States

Health Benefits of Pets A page with several links with information about the health benefits of animal contact.

Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2011 MMWR. May 6, 2011;60(RR04);1-24

Preventing zoonotic diseases in immunocompromised persons: The role of physicians and veterinarians
. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 1999; 5:159-61.

Keep pets healthy
Quick tips on keeping pets healthy so that your family stays healthy, too. From: "An Ounce of Prevention Keeps the Germs Away".

Avoid contact with wild animals
Tips for helping you and your pets avoid contact with wild animals. From: "An Ounce of Prevention Keeps the Germs Away".

Guidelines for Veterinarians: Prevention of Zoonotic Transmission of Ascarids and Hookworms of Dogs and Cats.
CDC, NCID, Division of Parasitic Diseases. Also available as a pdf file.Acrobat420 KB

Educational Materials

These selected CDC features give consumers information they need to protect themselves and their families from certain germs, such as Salmonella, that can come from animals.

Educational Posters (available in English, Spanish, and French):

Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy FAQs: Toxoplasmosis, which is spread by cat feces, can be especially dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn children. If you are pregnant and have a cat or kitten, take the important steps explained in this web site.

HIV/AIDS Brochure: Guarding against infection

CDC's Rabies Web Page. (That's Just for Kids)

At-Risk Populations and Pets

Roy SL, Delong SM, Stenzel SA, Shiferaw B, Roberts JM, Khalakdina A, Marcus R, Segler SD, Shah DD, Thomas S, Vugia DJ, Zansky SM, Dietz V, Beach MJ, and the Emerging Infections Program FoodNet Working Group. Risk Factors for Sporadic Cryptosporidiosis among Immunocompetent Persons in the United States from 1999 to 2001 Acrobat464 KB Journal of Clinical Microbiology, July 2004, p. 2944-2951, Vol. 42, No. 7

Contact with Specific Animals

Contact with Animals in Public Settings

Selected Zoonoses Related to Animal Contact

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