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Pet ownership and knowledge of zoonotic diseases in De Kalb County, Georgia

By R. E. Fontaine, P. M. Schantz

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Abstract

In a telephone survey in September 1986, 62% of interviewed households had pets (42% with dogs and 30% with cats). Respondents were poorly informed about the potential health hazards associated with animals. Only 63% of household heads believed that diseases of pets could be transmitted to humans and few could recognize specific zoonotic infections other than rabies. Other diseases such as ringworm, infectious diarrhoea, intestinal helminths (Toxocara), toxoplasmosis, heartworm, distemper and parvovirus were included in the list, and were spontaneously mentioned by only 10% of respondents. It is suggested that veterinarians could convey advice on prevention of zoonoses to most pet owners.

Date 1989
Publication Title Anthrozoos
Volume 3
Issue 1
Pages 45-49
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/089279390787057720
Author Address Centers for Disease Control, Parasitic Diseases Branch, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.
Additional Language English
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  1. Bacteria
  2. Cats
  3. Developed countries
  4. Dogs
  5. Humans
  6. Invertebrates
  7. Knowledge
  8. Mammals
  9. North America
  10. OECD countries
  11. owners
  12. Parasites
  13. Parasitic diseases
  14. parasitic infestations
  15. peer-reviewed
  16. Pets and companion animals
  17. Protozoa
  18. United States of America
  19. Zoonoses
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