Other Animal-Related Illnesses

Animals can be a very important part of our lives and pets can have many health benefits.  While disease transmission between animals and people can occur, in most cases, basic infection control methods can be used to prevent disease spread.  Illnesses might be spread in various ways such as by direct contact with an animal or breathing in a germ that an animal is infected with.  While both people and animals can become ill from germs carried by certain vectors like mosquitoes and ticks, people cannot become infected with these diseases through contact with an animal with a vectorborne disease.  For more information about vectorborne diseases visit the VDH Bugs and Human Health page.

For more information about infections that animals might transmit to people, visit the information found on the Fact Sheet, Data and Resources pages below.

Notable Illnesses

Additional Information

Healthy Pets, Health People Materials Available While Supplies Last

Choosing the right pet and staying safe while caring for and feeding pets helps to keep both pets and people healthy.  The CDC's Healthy Pets, Healthy People website (see link below) is a great resource for information about staying healthy around animals. The Virginia Food Protection Task Force now has laminated hard copies of materials from the CDC's Healthy Pets, Healthy People site available for veterinarians, local extension agents and pet food suppliers for both display and distribution to clients and customers.  Support for this offer comes from a cooperative agreement awarded to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food Safety Program by the Food and Drug Administration. Materials available cover topic areas such as backyard flocks and Salmonella, safety around reptiles, pet food safety and general tips for staying healthy around pets.

These materials are available only while supplies last. Those interested in materials or further information should contact Christy Brennan, Virginia Rapid Response Team Coordinator, at 804-786-1585 or christy.brennan@vdacs.virginia.gov.

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