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Veterinarians Play Important Role In Recognizing Zoonosis Threats To Humans

The Atlantic: How Veterinarians Prevent Animals From Spreading Diseases to Humans
“…Seventy-five percent of newly emerging diseases are zoonotic, meaning they can be spread between animals and humans. And they wreak havoc: People fall ill having no natural defenses, and there is often no medicine to fill the gap. … Every year, there are 2.5 billion cases of zoonotic illnesses in humans, resulting in 2.7 million deaths. This concept — connecting human medical and veterinary science — is called One Health. And in this framework veterinarians are the sentinels, monitoring the animal kingdom for potential threats to humans…” (Resnick, 11/29).

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