Direct contact with animals causing zonotic diseases – experts

The International body in charge of protection of animals warns that direct contact of humans with wild animals remains the biggest cause of epidemics and zonotic diseases.

The Education and Outreach officer World Animal Protection Raphael Omondi says a number of tourists are fond of taking ‘selfies’ with animals and feeding them hence exposing themselves to dangerous diseases

Speaking during a round table meeting with tour operators, Omondi said other individuals hug, hold and swim with animals hence exposing themselves to illnesses

Omondi notes that they have started a campaign promoting safe selfies , in which tourists are sensitized to take selfies with animals from a far to avert loss of life and bodily harm which might be inflicted on them by the animals

Story by

Wycliffe Sebunya

November 28 2017