Summer is almost here and wildlife is out and about. With the warmer temperatures and sunshine, people are likely to be spending more time outside and may even spot some wildlife. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) reminds residents to be aware of animal-borne diseases and how to prevent them.
Animal-borne diseases are those that are transmitted from animals to humans and are sometimes referred to as zoonotic diseases. In Colorado, spring and summer tend to be common times of year for these diseases to spread, as animals are more active and people spend more time outdoors.
Some of the animal-borne diseases that could be seen in Jefferson County include:
There are steps residents and visitors can take to protect everyone’s safety, including their pets:
For more information on animal borne-diseases, visit https://www.jeffco.us/2363/Animal-Borne-Disease or contact the Jefferson County Environmental Health Services team at 303-232-6301.
About Jefferson County Public Health
Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention, education and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.