Zoonoses fact sheet

The Zoonoses fact sheet answers the question “What are the potential zoonotic pathogens from dogs in Indigenous communities?”

A zoonosis is a disease transmitted from animals to humans. Australia has at least 89 zoonotic agents and zoonotic disease can be spread directly or indirectly.

For example:

  • Direct: animal to human
  • Indirect: animal to inanimate item / soil to human
  • animal to food to human
  • animal to insect vector to human