Zoonotic Diseases (Diseases from Animals)
Gastrointestinal (Enteric) Diseases from Animals
Animals provide many benefits to people. However, some animals can carry diseases that can be shared with people. Zoonotic diseases or zoonoses are diseases caused by germs (pathogens) that can be spread between animals and humans. Many germs have been responsible for illnesses and outbreaks, including Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, and Cryptosporidium. These germs can come from many types of animals, including pets, wild animals, and farm animals. Did you know that infected animals can make you sick, even if they appear healthy and clean?
Zoonotic diseases can cause many different illnesses in people. Gastrointestinal (enteric) zoonoses are one type of illness that can upset the digestive system (stomach and intestines) and can make people sick.