Digital Press Kit

Animals play an important role in our culture and families – the majority of households in the United States own at least one pet. Pets can enrich our lives and even improve our health through companionship, stress reduction, and increasing our physical activity. Although it is clear that the human-animal bond affects many aspects of life positively, animals can sometimes carry harmful germs that can make people sick. Diseases that spread between animals and people are called zoonotic diseases. There are simple steps that can help to reduce the risk of zoonotic diseases. CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website provides information and resources about keeping people, pets, and other animals such as livestock and wildlife safe and healthy.

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CDC Media Relations
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Casey Behravesh

Casey Barton Behravesh, MS, DVM, DrPH, DACVPM


“There is a right pet out there for everyone, but not all pets are right for all people because some animals can carry germs that can make people sick. It is important to know what animals can be risky pets, and CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website will help you know that.”

Casey Barton Behravesh, MS, DVM, DrPH, DACVPM – Director, One Health Office, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases