Specific animal diseases

Some animal diseases can be passed on to people. Most of the animal diseases described here you cannot catch through food. The few that you can catch through food are very rare or non-existent in New Zealand.

Some animal diseases cannot be passed on to people at all. However, they can devastate New Zealand's livestock and our reputation as a source of safe food products. Foot and mouth disease is a good example. We have stringent measures in place to prevent such diseases coming into the country.