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Zoonoses: Animal-borne Diseases

Zoonoses

Hantavirus
Lyme Disease
Plague
Rabies
Typhus

The Natural History of Disease


DISCLAIMER:
Information provided here should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice of a physician. If you think you have any symptoms or any other questions regarding your health, you should consult your health care provider.

In the backcountry you'll find beauty, peace, and solitude. You'll also find deer mice, ground squirrels, bats, ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes. Their presence is never a reason to stay home, but because they can transmit serious diseases, you should be aware of the risk and take precautions.

zoonosis
(n. pl. zoonoses)
a disease communicable from animals to man under natural conditions
Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary

Animal-borne diseases in the San Diego region:
Hantavirus
Lyme Disease
Plague
Rabies
Typhus



vector
an organism (as an insect) that transmits a pathogen

Animal vectors in the San Diego region:
Bats
Deer Mouse
Ground Squirrel
Woodrat


To learn more about the enduring connection between man and other animals, see this essay, The Natural History of Disease.