The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched its redesigned Healthy Pets Healthy People website, with expanded information about diseases people can catch from pets, farm animals, and wildlife. Users can now search alphabetically by animal and learn which zoonotic diseases they may carry. It is a unique one-stop shop where people can learn simple actions to protect themselves – and their pets.
The redesigned website offers:
•An alphabetized list and description of diseases that can spread from animals to humans.
•A list of animal species with the description of diseases associated with the animal.
•Specific groups of people that may be more susceptible to diseases from animals.
•Tips for preventing illnesses acquired from pets and other animals.
•Detailed information about the health benefits of owning a pet.
Approximately 75 percent of recently emerging infectious diseases affecting people began as diseases in animals. In recent years, CDC has responded to many illness outbreaks associated with people’s contact with animals. These include Ebola, avian influenza, and salmonella.
CDC officially launched the redesigned website to coincide with World Animal Day on Oct. 4, a day that celebrates the importance of animals and the bonds that people share with them.
“Pets play an important part in many of our lives. CDC recognizes the health benefits of keeping pets and the importance of the human-animal bond,” says Heather Bair-Brake, MS, DVM, a CDC veterinarian. “The Healthy Pets Healthy People website was created to educate pet owners about some of the risks associated with animals and to provide tips on how they can be safe with their pets.”
Through the “Animal Tales” section, visitors can read stories that explore the rich connections between animals and people. The Animal Tales offer a closer look at how animals are positively affecting human lives. As the stories unfold, they provide tips and valuable information on how to protect against diseases that can spread from pets and other animals.
The redesigned website also includes specific precautions that people with weakened immune systems, children, and pregnant women should take when interacting with animals. The content, which is geared toward a broad audience, includes images, little-known facts, and videos.
Check out the redesigned site at: www.cdc.gov/healthypets.