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Mbi 111 report - Will Boas MBI 111 Section E Pets May Pass Illnesses to Owners This article is about the possibility of domesticated pets passing

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Will Boas MBI 111 Section E Pets May Pass Illnesses to Owners This article is about the possibility of domesticated pets passing on serious illnesses to their owners. Seemingly healthy pets can carry parasites, bacteria or viruses that cause mild to life-threatening illness in people. These diseases are called Zoonoses, and they are caused by pet owners and their pets making close contact. This topic was discussed in the Outline 2 notes packet, and it goes right along with the content we have recently been going over in class. Infections can be transmitted to people from their pets after sleeping with them, kissing them or being licked by them. Infections that have been reported as Zoonoses include ringworm, hookworm, roundworm, cat scratching disease, and staph infections. One case of a zoonotic contracted disease, a sixty-nine year old man’s dog slept in his bed and licked his knee replacement wound and came down with meningitis. Another incident involved a nine year old boy who got the plague from sleeping with his flee infested cat. I was attracted to this article because I do these kinds of things with my pet all the time, and I’m sure that many other people do as well. I think it is an important topic to bring up because these types of diseases are very under-diagnosed because many don’t realize that the disease is coming from the pet. According to health initiative called “One Health” that consists of the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association, 60 percent of all human pathogens are zoonotic. To avoid contracting such diseases, experts say to avoid sleeping and kissing your pet, regularly cleaning them, and washing hands with soap and hot water after any
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This note was uploaded on 10/03/2011 for the course MBI 111 taught by Professor Clark during the Spring '07 term at Miami University.

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Mbi 111 report - Will Boas MBI 111 Section E Pets May Pass Illnesses to Owners This article is about the possibility of domesticated pets passing

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