4 Common Zoonotic Diseases

Welcome back to Animal Wonders Today we’re joined by a not-so-welcome guest Can you see it? How about now? I’m having the unfortunate experience of playing host to an annoying but non-life threatening organism known as ringworm And it’s inspired me to talk about a subject that isn’t always the most fun to think about Zoonotic means a disease that non-human animals can spread to humans and, not to make you worried, but there are a lot of zoonotic diseases way too many to cover in one episode so I’m going to highlight the most common First up is my buddy here, ringworm Contrary to what the name implies, ringworm isn’t a worm It’s not even an animal It’s an infection of the skin caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes The fungus can live in the soil or on mammals and it’s commonly spread from dogs and cats to humans It likes to eat keratin and make itself at home in moist, dark places like between your toes But it can also take up residence on your scalp, your fingernails, or anywhere on your body like your face Ringworm is very contagious but those that are most susceptible are the young or old or those with a weakened immune system Most healthy adults will fight off an infection without even knowing they came in contact If you notice a bare patch of skin on your pet mammal and it seems to be red, itchy or in the shape of a circle take them to the vet immediately Treatment is easy and leaving it untreated can lead to it spreading through your whole household The next zoonotic disease I’d like to feature is one I’m constantly coming into contact with Salmonella is a genus of bacteria that can be found in endothermic and ectothermic animals It’s most commonly associated with birds and reptiles and can also be found in spoiled foods I come into contact with Salmonella bongori all the time probably every day 90% of reptiles carry this bacteria in their digestive tract and intermittently shed it out in their faeces If they happen to step on or brush up against their faeces and then I touch them the bacteria gets on my hand And then if I touch my mouth or eat something with my compromised hand I have a recipe for infection If you do eat Salmonella it can cause an infection called salmonellosis which usually causes abdominal pain, diarrhoea and vomiting It can clear up on its own in about a week but it can also become fatal to immunocompromised people if left untreated Fortunately, Salmonella can be killed and infection can be prevented easily and quickly by using soap or hand sanitiser So just wash your hands and change your clothing after handling reptiles and birds and you can keep the salmonellosis away The next zoonotic disease that’s quite common is This is a parasite that’s found living its natural life cycle in cats The parasite lays eggs that are then passed through the cat’s faeces and it can survive months before infecting the next host When the eggs are ingested by a human, they reproduce and cause an immune response similar to the flu It’s thought that a large majority of humans are already chronically infected with toxoplasma Those that need to be worried about an infection are very young children and pregnant mothers because the parasite can affect brain development Further studies are being done on how it affects us and other animals and the initial results are really interesting If you’d like to learn more about toxoplasma there’s a link in the dooblydoo The last zoonotic disease I’d like to feature are This one is a parasite that can infect any endothermic animal They literally hook themselves to the intestinal wall and hang out laying eggs It’s transmitted from an infected animal’s faeces into another animal that comes in contact with that faeces Are you sensing a theme here? Spread by faeces The best way to prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases Is by simply washing your hands after coming into contact with an animal However, hookworms can not only be ingested they can also crawl through your skin The best way to prevent a hookworm infestation is to keep your animal’s area clean and avoid walking around barefoot on potentially contaminated soil or bedding Treatment for your pet is a trip to the vet to confirm they’re otherwise healthy and then an oral pill that kills the adult hookworms and stops the life cycle Since it only kills the adults you’ll need to do a repeat dose to kill the next generation So if you’d like to avoid as many zoonotic diseases as possible wash your hands often and keep your pet’s area nice and clean Thanks for joining us on this adventure I hope you’re feeling more knowledgeable about what gross things your pets can spread to you If you’d like to go on an adventure with us every week subscribe to our YouTube channel AnimalWonders Montana Thanks and we’ll see you next week

91 thoughts on “4 Common Zoonotic Diseases

  1. I just went through this, with my little hamster she is over it now luckily and it wasn't spread ???.. I did 2 videos on her treatment ? I'm so sorry you caught it ?luckily it is easily identified and treated. Wonderful video, very informative ???

  2. I handle a lot of wild snakes, hand sanitizer is a must. That musk smell, ewww.

    Perhaps a video on what that musk stuff actually is…?

  3. But, Jesse, you didn't tell us how you are going to get rid of your ringworm. What's the treatment protocol? Get well quickly.

  4. and pinworm. I hate pinworm. I rescued a bearded dragon who was in really bad shape and she has a super bad case of pinworm and had a lot of other digestive problems for the rest of her life. was horrible

  5. Been there, Jessi! Last summer I got ringworm from calves I was working with. Super annoying and it took me months to get rid of! But definitely not the end of the world. Regarding some of those other zoonotic diseases, namely hookworm in this video, I often wonder why people who work with animals don't just take a general dewormer every year. I mean, we recommend it for our pets, might as well follow our own advice, right?

  6. You're not a kid, nor elderly…hopefully don't have a weak immune system either! Just one of those "goofy" things contracting ringworm? Thanks for sharing your situation and information. Fungus be gone!

    Edit: read the description about the meds. 🙂

  7. We took in a cat that had ringworm back in the early 1980s. Wow, the amount of dry and itching skin. I saw the mark on your face and immediately knew what it was.

  8. you smile so much that your face has the appearance of rigor. I couldn't get through this. Your presenting style is horribly annoying

  9. I used to get ring worm sometimes, when I was a kid growing up on a farm. it's quite common in cattle farms. easy to get rid of though.

  10. So sorry!!! That has to be so annoying. Are you usually so prone to fungal infections. You look so healthy!!

  11. I love how you are so energetic and fun even when talking about diseases, and yup, they are very interesting 🙂

  12. very informative. I like how you present the info in a calm upbeat tone, so others can be informed and not panic if a situation like this happens to them. I recently saw a rehoming pet add online. a couple were expecting their first child and wanted to get rid of their cats because the husband was worried about his wife's health. uuum, do the obvious: wear gloves when cleaning the litter box, wash hands lots, and maybe have cats on a dewormer treatment to be safe.. don't have to rehome your beloved pets, just be careful and use common sense when cleaning up after any animals.

  13. I hug my lizard all the time never wash myself or hands afterwords ( unless I touch his dooky ) I have never had syptems of salmonella

  14. Thank you for the informational video! I feel as though most people would avoid making a video. Get better quick Jess!

  15. interesting topic! I'd love to here a follow up on some more of these that you didn't cover.
    it's especially interesting to me as I got infected with e coli when I was about 3 or 4 because a petting zoo with calves we visited didn't have proper hand washing facilities which caused a good few other problems.

  16. I pet a sketchy dog at a shelter and got ringworm- it was so hard to get rid of(it kept spreading although I was using an antifungal and washing my sheets all the time) and so itchy. Good times.

  17. (Not so) fun fact: toxoplasma can set up shop in your retina and cause vision loss. in the USA usually the infection is congential (acquired in the womb), but in some countries (mainly in South America and Africa) you can get it from eating under cooked meat.

    Another not so fun fact: Daraprim used to be the favored treatment for toxoplasmosis. It is now essentially unaffordable because of America's favorite Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli.

  18. I was wondering what you know about Baylisascaris procyonis (raccoon roundworm). I am currently interning at a wildlife rehab center, and they don't accept raccoons or any animal they think might be infected with it that comes in.

  19. Thanks for being explanative without getting into the gorey details or showing pictures. I get squeamish very easily but I was happy to be able to learn from this this all the way through.

  20. Hey are you vegan? If not you would be pretty hypocritical, it saves the environment animal lives, you stop supporting cruelty, and you just live healthier.

    Go Vegan!

  21. That commercial with Digger the Dermatophyte….Why did he have to bend the toenail backwards? That's not a thing! That was just evil!
    Great video; great idea for a topic.

  22. I watched this video as my cat sits next to me… and now I am worried about the toxic plasma cat one (I can't remember the full name)

  23. Can u pls make a tip video in which u break down the points about how to make ur conure friendly to ur pet dog and vice versa.

  24. Salmonella poisoning. Experienced it and it was the most sick I've ever been in my life. Took me a month and several anti-biotics to get rid of it.

  25. A good video, as usual, but it is a bit disconcerting to see someone talk so happily about diarrhea and vomiting.

  26. Oh well, at least I'm glad your finger nail is recovered at this moment. Cheek is quite a problem, but let's hope medicare in the USA are now at a good level with the new bill passed. On the other hand… here , in /post soviet- ussr2.0/ area we have some kind of stricter attitude to contact (stray) animals, cos if you catch something it'll be steep race to find treatment ;-( Always have strange feeling watching kids rolling in mud, kissing dogs at american vids, quite disturbing for the 3rd world viewers. 8-|

  27. For the most part, pregnant women only need to worry about toxoplasma if they are NOT already infected. If they are chronically infected, the fetus will not be impacted. However, if a pregnant woman becomes infected during the pregnancy, the infection can pass to the fetus and cause severe problems.

  28. When I was pretty young I got ringworm on my arm from some farm kittens, I was just fine though!

  29. As an epidemiologist I give your explainations on the etiology, general characteristics, modes of transmission, and prevention measures an A+! ????

  30. Ringworm, seriously!!!Can't be worse than being a day walker!!Tole my neighbour, the previous owner had a ginger "child"..Had to warn them about walking about barefoot.

  31. I never saw anyone speaking so enthusiastically about having an infection. Thanks for making it a teaching opportunity.

  32. Oh my gosh I totally thought ring worms were actually worms! And it was on your face! Right by your mouth! Blah ?

  33. I got ringworm on my cheek from a goat at the petting zoo when I was young. It doesn't really hurt, it just itches. I remember it lasted a long time, about a month before it was all cleared up, even with salve from the doctor.

  34. Hahahahah omg, this is so great, you are so great!!! I got ringworm the first month after I started working as a vet-tech. Gurl I feel your pain (or…itching, as it were). Hope it clears up super soon!! Thank you so much for making such awesome, informative, interesting videos about our animal buddies – and all the fun that comes along with them <wink>

  35. great this video now makes me not to get an animal .l still like the video (my parekeet says "pretty bird"to

  36. How is ringworm treated in humans? At my job we use this awful Lyme Sulfur dip for our patients (dogs and cats) but I'm sure it's not necessary if you don't have fur ?

  37. can u please do something about how to care for pregnant animals and when there raising there young.
    I can't find it anywhere help

  38. We in the rat community just did a Seoul Hanta virus scare, that was nasty. Thankfully, here in the Pacific Northwest we don't have any cases of it, but for a while there we were all real scared.

  39. You're more likely to get toxoplasmosis from under cooked meat than cats.

    Also, I just ran a fecal on a recently adopted greyhound yesterday and there was hook worm ova all through it. Odd coincidence.

  40. This stuff is so important! When I was working when animals on a daily basis I was constantly exposed to animals with ringworm or others carrying salmonella. Luckily I never got either of these. I tried to be really careful with gloves, hand washing etc. Unfortunately it still can happen (in Jessi's case) so it's really good that she's talked about possible symptoms of these diseases.

  41. My cats are staying with my brother while we have renovations done. This has inspired me to wash all their bedding while they are out of the house. Thanks, Jessi!

  42. Sad you didn't talk about lepto!! I work at a vet and people refuse to vaccinate for it CONSTANTLY. Best way to convince them? Tell them it can be spread to humans.

    Especially in the south where I live, Lepto is relatively common.

  43. Oh man im probaly infected with toxoplasma now XD i lived with so many cats so i haz probaly got it (bad spelling i know spanish problems XD paz dona kill me)

  44. Here is more effective instructions you can get it at this link https://skillsscoop.com/index.php/2019/02/10/new-research-zoonotic-diseases-in-humans/

  45. Hello.. i hope you notice my comment. Does Dengue Fever belongs to Zoonotic diseases? I find it complicated. Thankyou

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