Zoonoses are an important group of infections transmissible between animals and humans and the source for potential new and re-emerging diseases, some with pandemic potential.
- Zoonoses are an important group of infectious diseases that are transmissible between vertebrates and humans.
- Zoonoses are the source for new and re-emerging infectious diseases, some with pandemic potential, and their control requires a ‘one health’ approach.
- Q fever is the most common classic zoonosis in Australia today (excluding foodborne zoonoses).
- Q fever, with its protean manifestations, should be considered in the differential diagnosis in patients from rural NSW and Queensland even where there is no direct animal contact.
- Improved diagnostics incorporating molecular techniques (polymerase chain reaction tests) have enhanced the detection of these pathogens, particularly for Q fever and leptospirosis.
- The foodborne pathogens Salmonella and Campylobacter, also have significant health and productivity impacts.