What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You


The 2007 discovery of a zoonotic disease in lions illustrates how little we really know about diseases that can be transferred between wild animals and people. The Norovirus described in this report, posted on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website, describes a severe hemorrhagic enteritis which can result in a vascular collapse from the intense bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. This report documents the first case ever confirmed in lions and was only discovered when a series of cubs, born in a zoo, died from the infection. An estimated 75% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic and are mainly of viral origin. There has been so little research into zoonotic diseases that it is reckless to have close contact with animals who were never meant to come in close proximity to man.  


Lion report:  http://www.cdc.gov/eid/content/13/7/1071.htm?s_cid=eid1071_e


Exotic pets spreading disease: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/13/1/6.htm


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