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Questions about importing dogs, cats, or other animals into the United States

Health Benefits of Pets A page with several links with information about the health benefits of animal contact.

Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease and Injury Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2004. National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc. (NASPHV)

Preventing zoonotic diseases in immunocompromised persons: The role of physicians and veterinarians
. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 1999; 5:159-61.

Keep pets healthy
Quick tips on keeping pets healthy so that your family stays healthy, too. From: "An Ounce of Prevention Keeps the Germs Away".

Avoid contact with wild animals
Tips for helping you and your pets avoid contact with wild animals. From: "An Ounce of Prevention Keeps the Germs Away".

Guidelines for Veterinarians: Prevention of Zoonotic Transmission of Ascarids and Hookworms of Dogs and Cats.
CDC, NCID, Division of Parasitic Diseases. Also available as a pdf file.
Acrobat420 KB

At-Risk Populations and Pets

Roy SL, Delong SM, Stenzel SA, Shiferaw B, Roberts JM, Khalakdina A, Marcus R, Segler SD, Shah DD, Thomas S, Vugia DJ, Zansky SM, Dietz V, Beach MJ, and the Emerging Infections Program FoodNet Working Group. Risk Factors for Sporadic Cryptosporidiosis among Immunocompetent Persons in the United States from 1999 to 2001 Acrobat464 KB Journal of Clinical Microbiology, July 2004, p. 2944-2951, Vol. 42, No. 7

Contact with Specific Animals

Contact with Animals in Specific Locations

Specific Zoonoses Related to Animal Contact

Educational Materials

What you can do to keep germs from harming you and your baby Acrobat340 KB
Toxoplasmosis, which is spread by cat feces, can be especially dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn children. If you are pregnant and have a cat or kitten, take the important steps explained in this multitopic brochure. CDC, NCID, Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases.

HIV/AIDS Brochure:
Guarding against infection. CDC-NCHSTP-Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention.

CDC's Rabies Web Page. (That's Just for Kids). CDC, NCID, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases.

Be Safe at Animal Exhibits Poster Acrobat208 KB

Handwashing Poster Acrobat235 KB


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