Zoonoses are diseases which can be transmitted from animals to humans. They can be acquired:
- - directly from animals by handling e.g. ringworm from infected dogs, cats, horses, calves etc. or from sheep, rabies from any rabid animal, brucellosis, etc.
- - through the ingestion of contaminated food or drinks (unpasteurised milk) e.g. Salmonella, Campylobacter, Brucella, Shiga-toxin - producing E.Coli (STEC) etc.
- - by indirect contact but due to poor hygiene practices, the agent is ingested e.g. contamination of the environment - Toxocarisis from puppies and dogs etc.
The Veterinary Section participates in the South East Regional Zoonoses Committee as part of the service contract with FSAI. It is made up of multi- disciplinary public health professionals e.g. vets, doctors, EHOs, lab personnel etc. in the region from a variety of different agencies e.g. DAF, HSE and Local Authorities. The committee meets quarterly. The aim is to improve inter agency working, to get expert information on topical public health issues, to raise awareness of common zoonoses among the public in the region including producing booklets and leaflets, media calendar and attendance at some Agricultural Shows in the region.
Booklets and leaflets produced include: