A zoonosis is a disease or infection naturally transmissible between vertebrate animals, including man. There are over 700 zoonoses worldwide, of which 150+ are viral or bacterial. It is estimated that 10% of mankind will suffer from a zoonosis at some time in their lives.
Zoonoses can be bacterial, viral, protozoal, fungal or caused by worms or insects. This paper deals only with some important zoonoses that may affect livestock farmers in Zimbabwe.
Ref: Zoonoses Animal Diseases and Man. LW van der Heever and JH du Preez