WORLD ZOONOSIS DAY
Why in news?
World Zoonosis Day is observed annually on July 6 to commemorate the first immunisation against a zoonotic illness
- Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL) organised a nationwide free vaccination camp against zoonotic diseases on account of World Zoonosis Day 2022.
What are zoonotic diseases?
- Diseases that transmit from animals to human beings are called zoonotic diseases and the day is observed annually on July 6 to commemorate the first immunisation against a zoonotic illness.
India, a potential hotspot for zoonotic diseases
- A recent report from the State of the World’s Forests 2022 predicts India as a potential hotspot for zoonotic viral diseases. About 70% of all emerging diseases such as rabies, swine flu, nipah, brucellosis, leptospirosis, porcine cysticercosis and zika that affect humans are zoonotic in nature.
Zoonotic diseases such as rabies have imperilled human health since antiquity. Dogs are the source of most human rabies deaths, contributing up to 99% of all rabies transmissions to humans, and every year it causes 18,000 to 20,000 deaths.