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How Much Do You Know About Pet Diseases?

Dogs and cats and birds and hamsters. Snakes and guinea pigs and turtles. The family pet can be a source of joy and companionship, no matter what kind of animal it is. Sometimes, however, your favorite animal can be a source of illness. Learn more about pets and disease by taking this multiple-choice quiz.

1. What is the term used to describe diseases that humans can catch from animals?
2. From which common pet are you most likely to catch a disease?
3. A pregnant woman with a pet house cat needs to be extremely careful about exposure to the litter box to avoid catching which disease?
5. When your child cuddles the family cat or dog, and the pet has a spot on its skin, what infection is your child most likely to get?
6. In the last few years, rabies has been almost nonexistent in which animal group?
7. Animals sold for pets can harbor salmonella, a bacterium that causes serious infection, with diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, and chills. Which animals are most likely to carry salmonella?
8. Children get head lice from which animal?
9. "Newly emerging" diseases that affect humans include Ebola, Rift Valley fever, West Nile encephalitis, and hantavirus. All of these are carried either by an animal or by an insect that has picked up a bacteria or virus from an animal. In the United States, which animal most commonly carries hantavirus?
10. Running through the grass in bare feet on a warm day can be fun, but unlucky if you happen to step in dog, cat, or other droppings from an animal infected with dog or cat hookworm. This can lead to what condition?