Any disease that can be transferred from animal to human is a zoonotic disease, or zoonosis. Continue reading to learn more about these three 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, particularly if you live near a wooded area or a region that is highly populated with wildlife, frequently take part in outdoor activities, or work with animals. Also, be certain to ever try touching catching, trapping, harming, or provoking wildlife. You can’t predict what a wild animal will do, and what they are infected with.
Rabies – The Rabies virus is a well-known infectious disease which could be transmitted to people. There’s absolutely no cure or treatment for this viral illness if an animal is infected. As for individuals, treatments are available, and effective so long as medical care is obtained early on. Not many humans have died from rabies. Usually a raccoon bites a mammal, and the saliva enters their bloodstream, thus leading to infection.
Leptospirosis – Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that is commonly transmitted through infected urine. Raccoons are common carriers, as well as, dogs, cows, cows, and rodents. It’s common for individuals to not show any symptoms at all, 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 can be passed from raccoon to human or pet. It travels through the intestinal tract, and can settle someone beneath the surface of the skin. There are treatments and vaccinations used for raccoon roundworm infections.
If you’ve been experiencing raccoon problems in your property, contact a licensed wildlife control company for safe and humane raccoon removal services. Make certain to choose a company who’s experienced and licensed, and that always uses secure, non-lethal methods of raccoon ignorance and extraction. Bear in mind, raccoons should never be harmed or killed, unless lawfully hunted during permitted hunting seasons, on permitted hunting grounds, and with the appropriate hunting documents.