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South Med J. 1999 Jul;92(7):651-9.

Companion animal issues and the physician.

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  • 1Kansas City Health Development, and the Picture Hills Pet Hospital, Kansas City, MO, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The companion animal population in the United States is both large in numbers and diverse in composition. Nearly 60% of households have one or more animals. Associated with this large and diverse group of animals are considerable risks for injuries and transmission of infections to humans.

METHODS:

Through a review of the relevant literature and our collective professional experience in public health and veterinary medicine, we framed issues regarding companion animals and human health and safety.

RESULTS:

We placed the identified issues in general contexts that could be applied to varying circumstances.

CONCLUSIONS:

Physicians, veterinarians, public health officials, and others need to work together to ensure that animal ownership is as risk free for people as possible.

PMID:
10414472
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