Commonly infected wildlife
Is this animal infected?
- Infected animals show varying degrees of hair loss, usually on the legs and tail, but over most of the body in severe cases
- Some animals may have thickened skin
- Badly infected animals are in poor body condition
- Animal may be weak and fearless of humans
Can I get it?
Yes, but the risk appears to be low
- Infections are rare and short-lived
How bad can it get?
Itchy, but rare and short lived; can be treated
Protect myself and others
- Wear disposable gloves
- Disinfect work space after skinning/ handling infected animals
- Wash hands
- Wear long-sleeved clothing
- Shower and wash clothing after handling wildlife
Symptoms in humans
- Skin redness and rashes may be extremely irritating
- It can be treated – seek medical attention to:
- Ensure it is not human mange (which can be more difficult to treat)
- Treat infection so you don’t transmit it to your pets
Safe for pets?
- This is a skin disease of pet dogs and wild canines
- Mange can be transferred to pets from infected animals by direct contact
What causes it?
- Parasitic mites called Sarcoptes scabiei
- Mites are related to spiders and ticks