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12 Diseases Humans Can Catch From Animals

Nov 12 2009 - 12:40pm

The idea that a beloved pet could make us sick is a scary thought but, thankfully, not that common. With the first H1N1 cat case popping up last week [1], I've gotten many questions about which illnesses people could catch from animals (like rabies [2]) and which are only for the dogs (like the H3N8 [3] flu, parvo [4], or bordetella [5]. To help out, I've rounded up 12 diseases that people could get from pets, wild animals, or flying insects, with a short explanation of them. Brush up!

Roundworm




Source: Flickr User robin.elaine [7]

Tapeworm




Source: Flickr User Miss Claeson
[8]

Lyme Disease




Source: Flickr User
bentza
[9]

Cat Scratch Disease




Source: Flickr User
jaygooby
[10]

Herpes B




Source: Flickr User .curt. [12]

Mad Cow Disease




Source: Flickr User Nick Saltmarsh [14]

Salmonella




Source: Flickr User
easyrab
[15]

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever




Source: Flickr User
TheGiantVermin
[16]

Monkeypox




Source: Flickr User
stevehdc
[17]

West Nile Virus




Source: Flickr User Laertes [18]

Rabies




Source: Flickr User Michael Scheltgen [20]

Giardia




Source: Flickr User tonylanciabeta [22]


Source URL
http://www.popsugar.com/pets/12-Diseases-Humans-Can-Catch-From-Animals-6185834