Dr. Ron DeHaven, AVMA CEO, explains zoonotic disease


Ebola virus, Marburg virus, AIDS, plague, avian influenza, West Nile virus—one thing that all of these dreaded diseases have in common is that, just like rabies, roundworms and heartworms, these are all zoonotic diseases. Zoonotic diseases are diseases that can be spread from animals to humans. Dr. Ron DeHaven, head of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), explains what the general public should know about zoonotic diseases and how veterinarians and the AVMA can help.