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Vaccinating animals key to protect humans against infections.

By Muntaha Al-Fadhli

KUWAIT, May 8 (KUNA) -- Protecting animals against diseases is key to prevent infections in humans, said the Public Authority for Agriculture and Fish Resources (PAAFR). There are hundreds of viral and bacterial diseases that could be transmitted from animals to humans, PAAFR's official Eng. Ghanim Al-Sanad told KUNA on Monday. Factors that could cause infections in humans include lack of hygiene, eating non sterilized foods or neglecting the vaccination of animals, he noted. There are several fatal diseases such as bird and swine flu and rabies, said Al-Sanad. He added that there infections caused by consuming products of sick animals such as "Brucella". On her part, deputy director general for animals affairs Zahra Al-Wazan warned against Cat-Scratch disease, a viral infection that enters the human body through open wounds caused by cats. Symptoms include fever, itchy skin and swollen lymph glands, she added. She also spoke of other dangerous diseases caused by direct contact with sick animals, such as rabies, which leads to paralysis and in many cases death. The authority has taken serious measures to prevent the spread of such diseases, including establishing veterinary clinics. It also tasked specialized departments with monitoring all types of animal diseases, provide vaccinations for both animals and humans and enforce safety measures in animal products, said Al-Wazan. Meanwhile, the official noted that PAAFR is holding different seminars and workshops to bring awareness to the dangers of animal diseases, in cooperation with local and international bodies. (end)

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Publication:Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
Date:May 8, 2017
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