World Zoonoses Day
Monday 6th July 2020 marks World Zoonoses Day 2020. The 6th July was chosen for World Zoonoses Day as it was on this day in 1885 that Louis Pasteur successfully administered the first vaccine against the rabies virus, a deadly zoonotic disease. Pasteur, a biologist, and chemist from France who made ground-breaking discoveries on the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurisation – milestones in our understanding of disease management in people and animals. World Zoonoses Day marks Pasteur’s many achievements, while also drawing attention to the continuous devastation caused by many modern zoonotic diseases – those that, like Covid-19.