Definition of Zoonotic
Zoonotic: Pertaining to a zoonosis: a disease that can be transmitted from animals to people or, more specifically, a disease that normally exists in animals but that can infect humans. There are multitudes of zoonotic diseases.
Some examples include:
- Lassa fever
- Lyme disease
- typhus and
- West Nile fever
Zoonoses may appear suddenly and be relatively virulent, as illustrated by HIV which ignited the AIDS epidemic and the coronavirus responsible for the outbreak of SARS.Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012
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