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Growing cases of zoonotic diseases threaten public health

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Zoonotic diseases, which transfer from animals to humans, are increasingly challenging public health in Zimbabwe, prompting calls from experts for heightened awareness and preventive measures. These diseases are responsible for a staggering 70% of emerging infectious diseases in humans, signaling a critical concern.

In the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Toonse Mudimba, a zoonotic disease veterinarian, emphasizes the potential for animal-borne pathogens to trigger global pandemics.

“The recent COVID-19 pandemic originated from animals, specifically bats, causing a worldwide health crisis. Diseases like Ebola also highlight the significant risk. Veterinarians play a crucial role in detecting and controlling these diseases early, thereby preventing human transmission. They are pivotal in disease surveillance and monitoring disease vectors.”

Dr. Mudimba advocates for a “One Health” approach, stressing collaboration between veterinarians and public health officials.

“Collaboration between veterinarians and public health officials is essential because approximately 70% of human diseases originate from animals. Together, they can enhance disease surveillance, diagnostics, monitoring, and capacity building. Awareness campaigns targeting farmers and the public are vital to mitigate zoonotic disease risks.”

Among the prevalent zoonotic threats in Zimbabwe are rabies from dogs, anthrax from cattle, and brucellosis from contaminated milk. These diseases, fatal to humans, can be prevented through comprehensive animal vaccination programs.

“Zoonotic diseases such as rabies from dogs, anthrax from cattle, and brucellosis from contaminated milk underscore the importance of animal vaccinations to prevent human infections.” Despite their severity, these diseases are largely preventable through proactive measures and education.

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South African presenter and DJ Mac G recently made headlines by revealing his admiration for Nkosazana Daughter, a rising star in the Amapiano music scene. Known for his candid remarks on his popular Podcast and Chill show, Mac G expressed that he rarely develops crushes on women within the entertainment industry, but Nkosazana Daughter has captured his attention in a profound way.

Describing her as both stunning outwardly and possessing inner beauty, Mac G didn’t hold back in praising the singer during one of his recent podcast episodes. He remarked that Nkosazana Daughter not only mesmerizes him visually but also leaves a lasting impression with her personality and talent. Read More

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