Keep on reading to find out more about these 3 common zoonotic raccoon diseases, and what to do if you have a raccoon problem on your property.
How to Protect Yourself
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 try touching catching, trapping, harming, or provoking wildlife. You can’t predict exactly what a wild animal can do, and what they are infected with.
Rabies – The Rabies virus is a well-known infectious disease that could be transmitted to people. 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 powerful provided that medical attention is received early on. Not many humans have died from rabies. It’s transmitted through an infected raccoon’s saliva entering the bloodstream. Normally a raccoon bites a mammal, and the saliva enters their blood, thus resulting in infection.
Leptospirosis – Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that’s often transmitted through infected urine. Raccoons are common carriers, as well as, dogs, cows, cows, and rodents. It’s typical for individuals to not show any symptoms whatsoever, but still pass it on to others, while others will get 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 could be passed from raccoon to pet or human. It travels through the intestinal tract, and may settle someone beneath the surface of the skin. There are treatments and vaccinations used for raccoon roundworm infections.
If you have are experiencing raccoon problems on your property, contact a licensed wildlife control company for safe and humane raccoon removal solutions. Make certain to choose a company who’s licensed and experienced, and who always uses safe, non-lethal procedures of raccoon ignorance and extraction. Remember, raccoons should not be harmed or killed, unless lawfully hunted during allowed hunting seasons, on allowed hunting grounds, and with the proper hunting documents.