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Zoonotic Diseases (Diseases from Animals)

Gastrointestinal (Enteric) Diseases from Animals

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Read more about the multistate outbreak of human Salmonella Cotham infections linked to contact with pet bearded dragons.

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.

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Selected Multistate Outbreak Investigations Linked To Animals and Animal Products

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Information for Selected Animals and Animal Products

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Educational Materials and Other Resources

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Information about Common Places Germs are Spread

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