Will the Next Generation of Killer Diseases Come from the Family Pet?

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Will our pets be the source of deadly diseases in the future? Scientists are leaning towards yes, according to the Daily Mail U.K.

A study led by Michael Day, Professor of Veterinary Pathology in the School of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol, recently found that human beings will soon be infected by emerging diseases which could be spread from their pets.

Professor Day believes that cats and dogs are a large potential source of this new generation of diseases.

The report also concludes that humans are at risk now more than ever because their pets are becoming a bigger part of their lives. Humans can catch canine rabies just by having their dog sleep in the same bedroom.

"The benefits of pet ownership on human health, well-being and development are unquestionable, but as dogs and cats have moved from the barn, to the house, to the bedroom, the potential for diseases spread to humans increases," says Day.

Day's report was supported by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), One Health Committee, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO).


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Pam Rogers

Please dont start this poop there will be more homeless pets . if you take care of them there will not be a problem heck we catch stuff from our kids what is the difference some people need to get a life and cure cancer or fund raisers to help homeless pets

December 20 2012 at 5:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I'm thinking it would be more likely we would get a deadly disease from the government than our pets.

November 13 2012 at 5:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Seriously? The animal rights activists are probably behind this, their sole goal is to eliminate pet ownership eventually. If your dog or cat is vaccinated against rabies, which most states require that they are by law, you WILL NOT get rabies from them. Who would sleep with a rabid animal anyway? Use common sense, you could probably catch more diseases putting on and taking off your shoes each day. Think about what you step in/through on a daily basis. Germs are good, they build immunity. We can't all live in a plastic bubble.......

November 13 2012 at 3:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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