123231 - AJGP Clinical Challenge March 2018: Zoonotic diseases
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To provide guidance for the general practitioner in the management of zoonotic diseasesRelevance to General Practice
A considerable number of communicable diseases are transmitted through contact with animals. About 60–70% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonoses.1 In Australia many zoonoses, including Australian bat lyssavirus, Q fever, brucellosis and leptospirosis, are notifiable. If untreated, these infections can have serious consequences.2 Accurate diagnosis, therefore, is essential, but this can be challenging in general practice2 because patients often present with non-specific symptoms, particularly in the early stages. This issue of AJGP includes articles on zoonoses encountered and notifiable in Australia to equip general practitioners in identifying and managing these infections. The articles provide information on the epidemiology, risk factors, clinical presentation, diagnosis, management and prevention of these infections.
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