Zoonoses are infectious diseases of animals (usually vertebrates) that can naturally be transmitted to humans. Of the 1,415 pathogens known to infect humans, 61% were zoonotic: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoonosis
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Seventy-five per cent of new human diseases are zoonotic according to the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.
'It’s possible – but rare – for close contact with the family pooch to transmit bacteria that can cause dangerous blood poisoning, according to a new case study published in the British Medical Journal’s BMJ Case Reports.
“Crucially, the message is not to scare people away from being close to their dogs. The message is more directed at hospital doctors to think about animal transmitted infections generally, when a patient – particularly with immune dysfunction – presents with sepsis.”
Wilson said more caution should be taken with very young children, particularly in the first months when the immune system is still developing. Care should also be taken with immunosuppression, such as people with no spleen, those with liver and alcohol problems or people undergoing chemotherapy. '
From an interview by The Conservation with Vincent Ho, Lecturer and clinical academic gastroenterologist, Western Sydney University and James P Wilson, Researcher, Department of Medicine for the Elderly, UCL
Given our CLL caused immune dysfunction, do exercise a bit more caution when in contact with animals, even much loved family pets. Consider them another potential vector for infections, just as you would a potentially infectious visitor. If you clean up after them, make sure you take adequate precautions, such as wearing gloves and perhaps a face mask and always wash your hands well after being in contact with them.
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