Zoonoses: The Diseases Our Cats and Dogs Give Us

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Some of
the biggest public health crises of the last few years can be traced back to
animals. HIV got its start as a virus in monkeys, and Ebola probably jumped to humans from other primates or fruit
bats. And there’s no points for guessing the animals we got bird flu and swine
flu from. But animal-borne diseases can start a lot closer to home. In fact,
there are a number we can pick up from our dogs and cats.

Our Pets, Their Diseases

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