Zoonotic Diseases Affecting Horses and Humans

Horses October 14, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF
Veterinarian with horse owner

Horses can be impacted by several different diseases and illnesses. Preventative steps are critical to keeping your horse healthy. But what if your horse does become ill - can the disease be transmitted to you? 

Every horse person needs to know about zoonotic diseases (an animal disease that can be transmitted to humans) for their own safety as well as that of their families and employees. These diseases, their clinical signs and advice are discussed in this brochure. Your veterinarian is an important source of information about zoonotic diseases and is best equipped to advise you on routine equine vaccinations and preventive medicine.

Learn more about zoonotic horse diseases and how to prevent them with a few tips from Dr. Roberta M. Dwyer, DVM, MS, DACVPM.

Download the Saddle up Safely Horse Transmitted Diseases brochure.

About "Saddle Up Safely"

Saddle Up SAFELY is a new rider safety awareness program sponsored by UK HealthCare, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and many community organizations.

Horseback riding is an extremely rewarding and thrilling sport, but it should be safe as well. Through Saddle Up SAFELY, UK HealthCare seeks to educate current and future riders about the simple steps that can be taken to prevent accidents.

For more information on the Saddle up SAFELY program, visit www.saddleupsafely.org

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.