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Raccoon Roundworm

Raccoon Roundworm

Diseased animal

Can I still use the animal Yes, take precautions
Commonly infected wildlife Raccoons, Any Mammal
Is this animal infected
  • This roundworm infects a high percentage of raccoons throughout North America
  • Infected raccoons often appear normal with no outward sign of infection
  • The adult stage lives in the raccoon’s intestine. Eggs are shed though feces
  • Few other parasites are as indiscriminate in causing neurologic disease in wild, zoo, and domestic animals as well as human beings
Can I get it Yes
  • The worm releases eggs that are shed into the feces, and eggs stick to the fur.
  • Shed eggs can infect people
How bad can it get

Risk - Fatal

Raccoon roundworm is serious. This disease can be fatal
How can I protect myself and others When handling live raccoons, their feces, pelts or carcasses:
  • Wear disposable gloves
  • Practice good hygiene
    • Disinfect your work space
Symptoms in humans
  • Severity of symptoms depends on number of eggs ingested, number of larvae entering the brain, and location and extent of larvae migration damage. This disease is rare in humans, but very serious if contracted
    • Symptoms include nausea, fatigue, loss of motor skills, damage to eyes and blindness. This disease can be FATAL
Is it safe for pets No
What causes it
  • The roundworm is called Baylisascaris procyonis, found primarily in raccoons, but can infect more than 90 species of mammals and birds in North America