The most common animals that are known to carry and disperse zoonosis include skunks, bats, opossum, fox, coyote, and also the hottest, raccoons. Keep on reading to find out more about these three common zoonotic raccoon diseases, and what to do if you have a raccoon problem on your own property.
Vaccinations are a excellent method of protection against accidental contamination of zoonoses, especially if you live near a wooded area or an area that is highly populated with wildlife, often participate in outdoor activities, or work with animals. Also, be sure to ever attempt touching catching, trapping, harming, or provoking wildlife. You cannot predict what a wild animal will do, and what they’re infected with.
Rabies – The Rabies virus is a well-known infectious disease that could be transmitted to humans. Raccoons are common carrier of rabies, which is a virus which affects the central nervous system. There is absolutely no cure or treatment for this viral disease if an animal is infected. In terms of individuals, treatments are available, and effective provided that medical attention is obtained early on. Very few humans have died from rabies. It’s transmitted via an infected raccoon’s saliva entering the bloodstream. Usually a raccoon bites a mammal, and the saliva enters their bloodstream, thus leading to infection.
Leptospirosis – Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that is often transmitted via infected urine. Raccoons are common carriers, in addition to, dogs, cows, cows, and rodents. It is typical for humans to not show any symptoms at all, but still pass it on to others, while others will become seriously ill. Infection occurs when a mammal comes into contact with soil, water, or food that’s been contaminated with infected urine.
Roundworm – Scientifically called Baylisascaris Procyonis, Raccoon roundworm is a common parasitic disease which can be passed from raccoon to pet or human. It travels through the intestinal tract, and may settle someone underneath the surface of the skin. There are vaccinations and treatments used for raccoon roundworm infections.
If you’ve been experiencing raccoon problems on your property, contact a licensed wildlife control company for secure and humane raccoon removal services. Make certain to choose a business who’s experienced and licensed, and that always uses secure, non-lethal procedures of raccoon extraction and exclusion. Bear in mind, raccoons should not be harmed or killed, unless lawfully hunted during allowed hunting seasons, on permitted hunting grounds, and with the appropriate hunting documents.