World Zoonoses Day: Nigerians advised on proper hygiene to prevent transmission of diseases.
Written by News Room on July 7, 2021
Nigerians have been advised to be knowledgeable about diseases that animals around them can harbour and inculcate proper hygiene to prevent the transmission of the diseases.
A practicing Vertinary Doctor, resident in Bayelsa State, Dr. Zenom Gideon Audu gave the counsel in an exclusive interview with Invicta News, in commemoration of the 2021 World Zoonoses Day, adding that special attention should be given to children who love pets.
While responding to a question on the feasibility of the 2021 World Zoonoses Day theme, ‘Let’s Break the chain of Zoonotic Transmission’, he said that there must be a strategic plan to bring it to fruition as it is a complex problem.
Audu said to prevent another surprise outbreak of infection like the of the Covid-19 pandemic, health practitioners, Vertinary health personnel and other knowledgeable persons must ensure a conscious education of infections that can be transferred from animals to humans and vice versa.
World Zoonoses Day is observed every year on July 6 to commemorate the first vaccination administered against a zoonotic disease like Ebola, Avian influenza, and West Nile virus. Zoonosis is an infectious disease that spread from non-human animals to humans.
Zoonotic pathogens can be bacterial, viral, or parasitic which can spread to humans through direct contact or through food, water, or the environment.