What's The Danger of Zoonotic Diseases?

Obvious are the potential dangers associated with diseases, viruses and disorders that can be transferred between humans, like sexually transmitted infections, autoimmune deficiency syndromes and even the common flu. Few people, however, are probably very familiar with the diseases transmitted to humans by animals—and understandably so. Zoonotic diseases have turned seemingly harmless annoyances like mosquito bites or post-cheeseburger stomach aches into deadly pandemics.

But what exactly constitutes a zoonotic disease? Are they pervasive forces and something to fear, or simple ailments than can be treated with basic antibiotics? These videos explore the economic and medical risks that occur between the blurred lines of animal-human interaction.

Written by Curiosity Staff January 14, 2014

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