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Zoonotic diseases

Zoonotic Disease Program

The Zoonotic Disease Program provides information for King County residents about prevention and control of zoonotic diseases and also performs the following roles:

Consults with veterinarians and other medical professionals on potential cases of zoonotic disease in animals

Investigates animal cases or outbreaks

Provides on-site infection control recommendations for animal exhibits (e.g., fairs, farm tours)

Conducts active surveillance for zoonotic diseases (e.g., West Nile virus)

Provides community-based health education.

The program is also responsible for:

  • Licensing, inspecting, and responding to complaints about pet shops.

  • Boarding kennels and pet daycare businesses in the city of Seattle.

  • Assisting with disease prevention at animal shelters.

Public Health Insider blogs on zoonotic diseases

Pet business regulations and permits

Zoonotic diseases and resources

Resources for veterinarians

Rat and mice prevention (external page)

One Health Initiative

One Health recognizes that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. We are committed to using a One Health approach by working with physicians, veterinarians, environmental scientists, and many others to monitor and control public health threats and to learn about how diseases spread among people, animals, and the environment. One Health issues include zoonotic diseases, vector borne diseases, antibiotic resistance, food safety, environmental health, mental health, occupational health, and more.

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Zoonotic Disease Program
401 5th Ave, Suite 1100
Seattle, WA 98104


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