Renowned scientist Louis Pasteur revolutionized modern medical treatments, and his use of vaccines to prevent zoonosis, or the transmission of diseases between animals and humans, is perhaps his most relevant contribution to our modern life today. On July 6, 1885, Pasteur successfully administered the first vaccine against Rabies. We commemorate this breakthrough each year with World Zoonosis Day. There are more than 200 different illnesses that can pass between animals and humans, most of which originate in wildlife, including COVID-19. Learn more about zoonotic diseases and how the animal health industry is helping reduce their impact: five zoonotic diseases you need to know about.
About Animal Health Institute
The Animal Health Institute (AHI) represents the companies that develop and produce animal medicines. Our industry is a global leader whose products improve the health of nearly 10 billion companion and food-producing animals in the U.S., which results in significant economic and social benefits for Americans.