The 75 percent of the diseases that affected the population in the last 10 years are zoonoses, that is, they are transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa, according to Animal Health Europe, the European association of the veterinary medicine industry. , on the occasion of the World Zoonoses Day, which commemorates how Louis Pasteur administered in 1885 the first vaccine against rabies.
This type of pathologies become responsible for 2.7 million deaths a year worldwide, according to MSD Animal Health, an entity belonging to the European association. Thus, they consider that prevention through animal and human vaccination «should be understood as an essential aspect to be able to ensure the health of the society in which they live», they highlighted from the entity.
In this sense, leptospirosis, along with rabies, is one of the zoonoses «of greater severity and with greater contagion at a global level», as they have specified. In particular, it is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium of the genus ‘Leptospira’. Its most common symptoms are fever, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and jaundice-skin and yellow mucous membranes; It can also cause kidney failure and liver failure and even death.
Therefore, vaccinate pets against four zero-groups of the disease most described in Europe, is one of the tips offered by MSD Animal Health to protect animals against this disease.
It is linked to avoid contact with the urine of infected animals, as well as prevent the pet from drinking or swimming in rivers, lakes, muddy or stagnant areas.
Rabies is another great example of zoonoses that can be controlled through immunization. This disease is charged every year about 25,000 deaths a year in Africa, most of them children, have reported from MSD Animal Health.