Every year, the world celebrates World Zoonoses Day on July 06, the day raises awareness about zoonosis, which is an infectious disease that is transmitted from vertebrate animals to humans.
World Zoonoses Day is marked on July 6 every year. Zoonosis is an infectious disease that is transmitted from animals to humans and later from humans to humans and ultimately, it becomes a pandemic.
Today’s situation is a perfect example of World Zoonoses Day, as the novel corona virus is expected to be transmitted through bats to humans. And now it has devastated the lives of many.
According to Infection Control Today, World Zoonoses Day is observed every year to celebrate the first vaccination against a zoonotic disease. The vaccine was administrated by Louis Pasteur, a French Biologist on July 6, 1885.
The pathogen gets transmitted from animal to human. Then, it is spread from human to human. Ultimately, it becomes a pandemic.
This day is also celebrated to spread awareness about risks associated with Zoonotic diseases like West Nile virus, Avian Influenza, and Ebola. The day emphasizes on microbes that pose a threat to human and animal health.
How diseases spread from animals to humans
The role of animals in spreading Zoonotic diseases is huge. As per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 75% of new diseases come from them.
Diseases are spread usually when humans come in contact with animals who are infected or who carry the pathogen, when they consume the meat of such an animal, or when they use animal products. Humans can get zoonotic viruses from their pets, from farm animals, from hunting, and butchering. A huge chunk of the human population keeps pets, eats animal meat, and the world has innumerable butcher houses. So, now you can realize how much the human species is at risk!