World health report

Executive summary

Diseases from animals

Rabies is the most serious disease spread from animals to humans, causing around 60 000 deaths a year. About 10 million people a year receive treatment after being exposed to animals suspected of having rabies. Dog rabies remains a threat in at least 87 countries with a total of 2400 million people at risk. Human brucellosis, caught from farm animals such as cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, is reported in at least 86 countries.