A Review of Zoonotic Disease Threats to Pet Owners: A Compendium of Measures to Prevent Zoonotic Diseases Associated with Non-Traditional Pets: Rodents and Other Small Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Backyard Poultry, and Other Selected Animals

Posted by Vector and Vector-borne Disease Committee
June 21, 2022

Kate Varela, Jennifer A. Brown, Beth Lipton, John Dunn, Danielle Stanek and NASPHV Committee Consultants

VECTOR-BORNE AND ZOONOTIC DISEASES 22 (6), 2022;  DOI: 10.1089/vbz.2022.0022

Authors’ Summary.  As ownership of non-traditional pet (NTP) species is increasing, the number and size of outbreaks associated with NTPs in recent years has also increased. Non-traditional pet owners and members of the public who may come into contact with NTPs should be aware of the potential health risks and understand that even apparently healthy animals can transmit pathogens. The recommendations in this Compendium provide public health professionals, animal health professionals, industry, and healthcare providers (including veterinarians, physicians, and allied health professionals) resources to prevent disease transmission and spread. These recommendations aim to benefit all partners by preventing human infections, maintaining animal health and welfare, and providing economic benefits.

Note:  The publication reviews useful information about health problems related to pets, including back yard chicken flocks.  As these pets become more widespread, vector control districts as well as veterinarians undoubtedly will be contacted to resolve public health issues, including arthropod infestations.  

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