Pet owners, beware!

In 1951, WHO listed 86 diseases that have zoonotic potential and among these 40 diseases are transferred by dogs, cats or both. The most important factor that is closely related with pet zoonosis is passionate affection of animals which allows the dog to develop a bond with its owner that makes him closer than human members of his home. Dogs transfer numerous viral, bacterial and parasitic infections to mankind. In Pakistan, awareness regarding parasitic infection of pet animal along with zoonotic concern remains incomplete. The upper class of Pakistan is increasingly adapting the Western culture that resulted in changing the attitude of the owners towards their pet animals.
Canine babesiosis and ehrlichiosis are two ticks borne parasitic and bacterial pathogen of dogs with zoonotic importance. Although it is famous for animal disease but human babesiosis is appealing increased attention as evolving global Zoonosis. Formerly it was considered that human babesiosis has occurred only in Europe with 30 reported cases, but now it is also reported from the USA, Egypt, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and South Africa. Human got infection by the bite of the dog Ixodid tick. Usually the bite is painless, and most of the infected people not even remember that they were bitten by ticks. While in 1987 in USA, the first case of human ehrlichiosis was reported but in subsequent 20 years it has become the most prevalent life-threatening tick borne disease.
ABDULLAH SAGHIR,
M IMRAN RASHID
Lahore

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