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Animal Scene - 2021-09-01

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HOW DO YOU STOP ZOONOTIC DISEASES?

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There are some simple ways to prevent the infection of zoonotic diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. WASH YOUR HANDS Always wash your hands after being in an animal’s environment, even if you did not touch them. This can apply to our interactions with our furry family members, too. Make sure to use soap and a proper supply of clean running water. You can also use alcohol or alcohol-based hand sanitizers. CHECK FOR PARASITES Be on the look out for fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks, all of which can spread blood-borne diseases – which, unfortunately, many zoonotic diseases are, including COVID-19. PROTECT AGAINST INJURIES Avoid bites and scratches from animals, and even from your furry companions. Remember, the saying “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure” isn’t trite if what you could possibly be infected with can be physically debilitating for weeks or months – and in the case of some zoonotic diseases, have high mortality rates.

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