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What The Heck Is A Zoonose? The Answer Will Surprise

wthazPlague. Fever, chills, swelling in the armpit and groin area, large dark spots on the skin: These are symptoms of a disease that was once so dreadful its very name has become synonymous with anything that causes serious illness or trouble Plague, or Black Death, killed many thousands of people during epidemics that date back to ancient times. What was the cause of such destruction of human lives? A common flea. You normally think of a flea as being a pest found on cats and dogs. But it was the flea that, through its bite, spread plague from an infected rate to a human.

Plague is only one of the several diseases classified as zoonoses – diseases that can be transferred between animals and humans. Some forms of zoonoses in …