Zoonosis Guide

zoo + nosis = an infection or disease that is transmissible from animals to humans

※ What is this place? I’m scared. 😨

Zoonoses are scary. The work-in-progress Zoonosis Guide is a creative educational project introducing some of the world’s most threatening infectious diseases at the human-animal interface. Feel free to read an introduction to zoonotic diseases and explore the menagerie of zoonoses!

※ Why’s this project necessary? 🤔

No offense taken. Well, did you know more than 2.7 million people die around the world every year because of zoonotic infections? They also make up 75% of new or emerging infectious diseases. Raising public awareness through education is the first step to (a) increase attention to vulnerable populations afflicted by infectious diseases and (b) promote research and surveillance of zoonotic diseases. Reading essays can be boring, so let’s make it creative and engaging.

※ Who’s behind this? 😎

McKenzi Norris! I’m an incoming graduate student at the University of Washington studying infectious disease epidemiology. I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, where I assist the COVID-19 outbreak response. I have multiple years of research and academic experience in vector-borne and zoonotic diseases.


Bauerfeind, R., Von Graevenitz, A., Kimmig, P., Schiefer, H. G., Schwarz, T., Slenczka, W., & Zahner, H. (Eds.). (2016). Zoonoses: Infectious Diseases Transmissible Between Animals and Humans. ASM Press. (Original work published 2013)

Salyer, S. J., Silver, R., Simone, K., & Barton Behravesh, C. (2017). Prioritizing Zoonoses for Global Health Capacity Building—Themes from One Health Zoonotic Disease Workshops in 7 Countries, 2014–2016. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 23(13). https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2313.170418

Zoonosis. 2021. In Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved March 20, 2021, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zoonosis

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