What are the dangers of Raccoon Feces and how do I protect myself?

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January 29, 2014
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Dangers of Raccoon Feces Baylisascariasis infection Baltimore Wildlife Control

How are you protecting yourself from the Baylisascaris Infection?

Are you noticing a high volume of raccoon feces around your home property? You should be alarmed. Raccoon feces can expose you and your family to the Baylisascaris infection.

What is the Baylisascaris infection?

The Baylisascaris infection is an intestinal raccoon roundworm that can harm many animals and people. The raccoon roundworm develops in raccoon intestines and spreads to the outside world by nesting eggs in raccoon feces. The raccoon roundworm eggs take 2 to 4 weeks to infective animals that are not raccoons.

How dangerous is the Baylisascariasis infection?

The answer is very dangerous because raccoon roundworm eggs are highly resistant to the extreme weather and environmental conditions. Primarily raccoon roundworm eggs need a good source of moisture to survive for years. The raccoons do not mind because raccoon roundworm does not harm raccoons, but they can make humans and other animals very ill.

How can I become infected with the Baylisascariasis infection?

The Baylisascariasis infection enters the human body very easily through ingestion of the raccoon roundworm eggs. All it takes is traces of raccoon feces to enter the body through soil, water or tangible items you use. The raccoon feces contamination doesn’t have to be in large doses to make you very ill.

Once the raccoon roundworm eggs are in your body, the eggs hatch and transform into live larvae right in your intestine. From there, the Baylisascariasis infection affects your body organs and muscles.

You can get infected with Baylisascariasis simply from living in the vicinity of raccoons. Children and young toddlers are the most vulnerable to the Baylisascariasis infection because they are more prone to come in contact with the raccoon roundworm feces from putting their fingers in their mouths.

As for adults, hunters, trappers, and taxidermists are at a high risk of the Baylisascariasis infection because they make often come in contact with raccoons or raccoon habitats. Yes, Baylisascariasis infections can be deadly.

Infected raccoons are commonly found in the following areas of the United States:

  • Midwest
  • Northeast
  • Middle Atlantic
  • West Coast

You can protect you, your family and family pets from the Baylisascariasis infection by hiring a Baltimore wildlife control technician to humanely remove raccoon families from your home property.

You should immediately consult a Baltimore wildlife control technician if you experience any symptoms of the Baylisascariasis infection. Here are some common symptoms of the Baylisascariasis infection:

  • Nausea
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Liver Enlargement
  • Poor Coordination
  • Short Attention Span
  • Lack of Muscle Control
  • Coma
  • Blindness

Is there a treatment for the Baylisascariasis infection?

There is no known cure for the Baylisascariasis infection. If you believe you’ve been infected with Baylisascariasis, you should seek immediate medical attention. There are no drugs available for effective killing of raccoon roundworm larvae so the majority of Baylisascariasis infection health related problems are irreversible.

Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control is here to discourage families of raccoons from living and lurking around your residential property today.

For more information about our wildlife control services, contact us at 443-417-3137 or go to our contact us page. We humanely resolve wildlife dilemmas, no matter how big or small. Let us keep wildlife out of your sight and mind.

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Source:

http://health.utah.gov/epi/fact_sheets/raccoon_roundworm.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/baylisascaris/resources/raccoonlatrines.pdf

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