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Diseases from Animals (Zoonoses)

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Diseases that people can get from animals are called zoonotic diseases. These illnesses can spread from animals to humans, either by direct contact with an animal or by coming into contact with an animal’s environment. Some zoonotic diseases are spread by ticks or mosquitoes. 
 
The Boston Public Health Commission keeps track of many zoonotic diseases in Boston, such as West Nile virus, Lyme disease, and Salmonella. These are reported to BPHC by health care providers and other sources so that we can better control and prevent these illnesses.
 
You can do your part to stay healthy while around animals by being aware of germs that can make you sick and by following some simple strategies to keep from getting sick.​
 
Zoonotic Diseases in Boston:
Choose a zoonotic disease below to learn more or visit our Dog Bite Prevention and Bat Safety pages.
 
DOGS​
Campylobacter​​
Giardia​
Leptospirosis​
MRSA​
Rabies
Ringworm
Salmonella
RATS & MICE
Giardia​
Hantavirus
Leptospirosis​
Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis
Monkeypox​
MRSA
Plague
Rat-bite Fever​
BATS
Histoplasmosis
Rabies
REPTILES/AMPHIBIANS​
Salmonella​
CATS​
Campylobacter​​
Cat Scratch Disease​
MRSA
Rabies
Ringworm
Salmonella
Toxoplasmaosis
Tularemia
BIRDS​
WILD
Avian Influenza
E. coli​
PETS​
Psittacosis
BACKYARD POULTRY​
Campylobacter​
Salmonella​
MONKEYS
Herpes B Virus
Rabies
WILD RABBITS
Tularemia
MOSQUITOES & TICKS
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)
West Nile Virus
Lyme Disease
Tularemia​
Anaplasmosis
Other Tickborne Diseases
FARM ANIMALS
Brucellosis
Campylobacter
Cryptosporidiosis​
E. coli
Giardia​
Leptospirosis​
Q Fever
Rabies
Salmonella
Sore Mouth (Orf Virus)
Toxoplasmosis
​OTHER WILDLIFE
Leptospirosis
Rabies
Raccoon Roundworm
Tularemia
 
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