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Zoonosis: What is a Zoonotic Disease?

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Zoonotic diseases are infectious diseases that are transmitted from animals to humans. Like COVID-19, bird flu, malaria or Ebola. Zoonotic diseases affect around 2.6 billion people every year. Some zoonotic diseases, such as rabies, only spread from direct animals-to-human contact. Others, more dangerously, start with animals and are capable of causing widespread human-to-human transmission. Nuclear-derived techniques can be used to track pathogens as they move from animals to humans to help the world respond better to any future outbreaks.

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