Diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans are known as zoonoses. When people keep any kind of pet there is the risk of infections being passed on but good hygiene measures usually would ensure this does not happen.
The threat of zoonoses is often used by animal campaign groups as a reason not to keep exotic pets but fish are probably handled a lot less than many four-legged, furry pets. Nevertheless there are a number of good hygiene standards we highlight on our care sheets, which are available for retailers to use when they sell any kind of fish.
What we are doing
- We encourage the industry to talk to customers about following simple hygiene tips to ensure disease does not spread.
- All our caresheets contain hygiene tips to help stop the spread of disease.
- We created our own Zoonoses document to help set out good practice.