A recent report in JAVMA (July 1 issue) as summarized here, reports a case of transmission of human herpesvirus-1 from a person with active oral and genital lesions to a rabbit that subsequently developed a severe case of meningioencephalitis. Signs progressed, ultimately leading to euthanizing the rabbit. "Extensive nose-to-nose and mouth-to-nose contact" was reported between the person and their rabbit.
Some might be tempted to make light of this, but that would be a mistake. Companion animals are taking on increasingly prominent roles as part of our extended families: people will probably need persistent reminders that disease transmission is possible. We tend to focus on the animal-to-human transmission of disease, but the opposite can occur, as obviously happened here. (Thanks to Charlie for passing pointing this one out to me.)