What can you catch from your horse?

If you work around horses long enough, you’ll be handling ones that have lameness, diarrhea, abortions, skin diseases, and even neurologic signs. Our first concern is generally for the horse’s well-being, and the last for our own health, since, after all, who gets sick from a horse?

Zoonotic diseases are those that are transmissible between animals and people. This article is going to address only selected diseases that humans can obtain from horses by direct or indirect contact (see sidebar “Infectious or Contagious?” below).


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