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Volume 5, Number 4—August 1999
Letter

Pet-Associated Zoonoses

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To the Editor: We read with interest the article by Grant and Olsen on preventing zoonotic diseases in immunocompromised persons (1). We completely agree with the benefits of communication between physicians and veterinarians. However, we want to emphasize that pet-associated illnesses are not limited to the immunocompromised; pregnant women and young infants should be included in this high-risk category. Our recently published survey (2) reaffirms the need for education of the general public, parents, and—to a lesser extent—pediatricians regarding pet-associated hazards.

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Leslie L. Barton*, Rodrigo G. Villar†, and Megan Connick‡

Author affiliations: *University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, Arizona, USA; †Indian Health Service, Gallup, New Mexico, USA; ‡Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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References

  1. Grant  S, Olsen  CW. Preventing zoonotic diseases in immunocompromised persons: the role of physicians and veterinarians. Emerg Infect Dis. 1999;5:15963. DOIPubMed
  2. Villar  RG, Connick  M, Barton  LL. Parent and pediatrician knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding pet-associated hazards. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1998;152:10357.PubMed

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DOI: 10.3201/eid0504.990433

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