The 8 Most Important Zoonotic diseases in the US

By Robert Herriman  @infectiousdiseasenews

The CDC says every year, tens of thousands of Americans will get sick from diseases spread between animals and people. These are known as zoonotic diseases.

Six out of every 10 infectious diseases in people are zoonotic, which makes it crucial that the nation strengthen its capabilities to prevent and respond to these diseases using a One Health approach.

Earlier this year, federal health agencies, to include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the first collaborative report listing the top zoonotic diseases of national concern for the United States.

A list of eight zoonotic diseases that are of greatest concern to the nation were agreed upon and include zoonotic influenza, salmonellosis, West Nile virus, plague, emerging coronaviruses like SARS and MERS, rabies, brucellosis and Lyme disease.

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