Zoonotic diseases (zoonoses): guidance, data and analysis

The diagnosis, management and epidemiology of zoonotic diseases.

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 pets
  • have hobbies that involve animals

You can also get some of these diseases from contaminated food or water.

Diagnosis and management

  1. List of zoonotic diseases

    • Guidance
  2. Zoonotic diseases: investigation guidelines

    • Guidance
  3. Pet rats, mice, hamsters: reducing the risk of infection

    • Guidance
  4. Q fever: good practice for farmers

    • Guidance
  5. Farm visits: avoiding infection

    • Guidance
  6. Salmonella: reducing infection from reptiles

    • Guidance
  7. Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis): reducing the risk of human infection

    • Guidance
  8. Health spa pedicures: preventing infections

    • Guidance


Older data are available on the National Archives website

PHE and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) also publish annual zoonoses reports.

  1. Zoonoses report UK 2013

    • Research and analysis