The infections and deaths caused by the coronavirus, which have astonished the world in recent days, bring to the fore the debate on prevention and also highlight the diseases that are transmitted from animals to people, so-called zoonoses.
2. The influenza pandemic
In 2009, another virus of the same type emerged, with up to 500,000 deaths registered all over the planet, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This latest one originated in pigs.
3. Bubonic plague
The disease is caused by a bacterium present in rodents and even cats called Yersinia pestis. It is passed on to humans through infected flea bites.
4. Diseases from insect bites
Another disease is dengue, which causes thousands of deaths every year and is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Originally, it is believed that HIV was transmitted among chimpanzees and then passed on to humans.