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Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association


What is Zoonosis?

We're glad you asked! A zoonotic disease (zoonosis) is a disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans. 

Every day, wildlife rehabilitators put their health on the line when working with their patients. From possible bites and scratches to serious diseases, it is important that rehabilitators are aware of the dangers posed by working with these amazing animals.

To keep wildlife patients and rehabilitators alike healthy, it is important to keep up to date on zoonotic diseases as well as best biosecurity practices. Please use this page as a resource for learning about diseases and disease prevention.

Other Resources

For in depth information on the many known zoonotic diseases, check out the detailed webpages created by the CDC and USDA APHIS!

CDC Wildlife            USDA - APHIS

Want to know how you can improve your center's biosecurity measures? The Ohio Division of Wildlife has added a biosecurity section to the Minimum Standards Guide to help rehabilitators get started. 

Minimum Standards


There is an urgent need to understand the distribution of ticks and the risk of tick-borne disease in Ohio. The Parasite and Pathogen Ecology Lab at OSU is working to improve our understanding of the ecology and epidemiology of ticks and tick-borne pathogens. We are currently engaged in statewide passive surveillance through the public submission of ticks from humans and animals. We welcome you to submit a tick to our research database by following a few simple instructions on our website listed below. Supplies or shipping labels may be available if needed.  

If you have questions, please contact the primary investigator, Dr. Risa Pesapane, by email at

Andreas Eleftheriou, DVM, PhD, MS

Tick Submissions

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