Zoonoses are infections naturally transmissible between vertebrate animal hosts and humans. Transmission may be direct (in occupational settings, or due to leisure activity, or to keeping pets) or via food and water.
Zoonotic infections are monitored through agencies responsible for human and animal health.
PHE undertakes surveillance of a range of zoonotic infections, and chairs the joint Human Animal Infections and Risk Surveillance group. This multi-agency and cross-disciplinary group includes members from Defra, the Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency, the Department of Health, and other agencies.
5 September 2013: UK Zoonoses Report for 2012 [external link to PDF]
10 July 2013: Zoonoses Newsletter Summer 2013 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
24 June 2013: Illness linked to petting farms - reminder to practise good hand hygiene [external link to PHE]
28 February 2013: Reducing the risk of infection from pet rodents (PDF, 194 KB) (detailed guidance)