World Zoonoses Day is celebrated on July 6th each year and commemorates the work of Louis Pasteur, who developed the first vaccine
Just six zoonotic disease outbreaks cost the world an estimated US$120 billion globally between 1995 and 2008.
13 zoonoses are responsible for 2.4 billion cases of human illness and 2.2 million deaths per year.
Researchers estimate 3/4ths of new, emerging diseases are zoonotic, with the vast majority coming from wildlife.
59,000 people die each year from rabies, a leading zoonotic disease.