Zoonoses are infections that can pass between animals and humans.
You can get zoonotic diseases through direct contact with animals if you:
work with animals
have hobbies that involve animals
You can also get some of these diseases from contaminated food or water, or via insects such as ticks.
Some zoonotic diseases are endemic in the UK, and others are considered ‘exotic. This list includes information on the main reservoirs and routes of transmission, and links to supplementary information for: