Zoonoses are infectious diseases which are transmissible between humans and other species. It has been estimated that 60% of communicable disease in humans has a zoonotic origin and certainly some of the most feared infectious diseases such as ebola fever are zoonoses.
- Avian influenza
- Cat-scratch disease
- Rat bite fever
- Bovine tuberculosis especially
Various biting arthropods can carry zoonoses, including:
From the point of view of a mosquito, humans are a vector for malaria, but a more usual example of an insect vector in a zoonosis is the mosquito carrying yellow fever between humans and other primates living in the forest.
- zoonoses page at Public Health England website.
- Zoonoses and communicable diseases common to man and animals 3rd Edition. Pan American Health Organisation 2003 (The standard reference work for the 150 most significant conditions in the Americas)