Also, you can get a zoonotic infection from contaminated food, water, or from insects such as ticks.
The CDC says those most at risk are over 65s, children under five, pregnant women and people with a weak immune system.
According to the British Government’s website, some zoonotic diseases are regularly found in the UK while others are considered to be exotic.
Public Health England maintains surveillance of cases of laboratory-infected zoonotic infections.
The government uses three sources of date to gather information on zoonotic diseases including Notifications of infectious disease (NOIDS), National surveillance schemes for laboratory-confirmed infections and Enhanced surveillance for specific zoonoses.
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