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Zoonotic Disease: When Humans and Animals Intersect
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Zoonotic Disease: When Humans and Animals Intersect

Malaria, plague, Lyme disease, rabies… The list of diseases that spread from animals to humans — known as zoonotic diseases — is distressingly long.

In fact, 60 percent of human pathogens are zoonotic. Here are the basics.

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