A zoonosis (pl. zoonoses) is any animal
condition or disease transmissible to humans. The word zoonosis originates
from the Greek word zoon, meaning animals, and nosos,
meaning disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Committee on Zoonoses defines
the word as "those diseases and infections that are
naturally transmitted between vertebrate animals and man".
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