Wild raccoons are known to be infected with viruses and parasites

Wild raccoons are known to be infected with viruses and parasites

Wild raccoons are known to be infected with viruses and parasites – Raccoons have masked faces and ringed tails.

They have five toes on both the front and back feet.

Their long, fingers enable them to open latches, untie knots, turn doorknobs, and open jars.

They are primarily nocturnal and thrive in many cities as well as wilderness areas.

They are very intelligent and adaptable animals.

They eat a variety of foods, including frogs, fish, amphibians, shellfish, insects, birds, eggs, mice, carrion, berries, nuts, vegetation, salamanders, insects, berries, corn, cat food, and human garbage.

During cold weather, raccoons will sleep for several days, but do not hibernate.

Raccoon scat is tubular and blunt on the ends almost cat like. Scat may contain parasites that can get into human lungs, so handling it is not advisable.

Raccoons are well known for their curiosity and mischievousness.

Raccoon Round Worm

Raccoon roundworm, known scientifically as Baylisascaris procyonis, is a parasitic infection that has gained some attention in the U.S. as a source of human disease.

Although this parasite is relatively harmless to the raccoon, serious illness can occur in humans when infective eggs are accidentally ingested.

Ingested eggs hatch as larvae in the small intestine, penetrate the intestinal wall and migrate to other organs such as the liver, lungs, and brain through the circulatory system.

If the larvae migrate to the eye, brain, or spinal cord, there can be severe and irreversible damage including blindness, paralysis, and death.

Fleaborne Typhus

People get fleaborne typhus from an infected flea.

Most fleas defecate while biting; the feces of infected fleas contain the bacteria that cause the disease.

The bacteria enter the body at the time of the bite wound or from scratching of the bite area.

It is possible to get typhus by inhaling contaminated, dried flea feces. However, this method of transmission is not as common as transmission from a biting flea.