About Emerging Diseases
Emerging diseases that may be transmitted between animals and humans are a concern for all people, no matter what their age, gender, lifestyle, ethnic background, or economic status.
Nationally, emerging diseases such as West Nile Virus, are the cause of severe illness and sometimes death. Emerging diseases can impose a financial burden on society. Some have been effectively controlled with the help of modern technology, i.e. antibiotics and vaccines.
Some diseases, such as Lyme disease and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, routinely re-appear in the United States. And, although bovine TB and rabies have historically been in the U.S., TB in Michigan and raccoon rabies along the Eastern Seaboard are of particular concern because both are new strains.