Raccoon Roundworm- What you Need to Know

When it comes to handling raccoon removal, a term that is used often is raccoon roundworm. Raccoon roundworm is one of the main reasons why raccoon removal is so necessary in residential areas, like Mount Airy. While humans aren’t as widely affected by raccoon roundworm as other mammals, it is still important to know the risks of the roundworm if raccoons are in the Mount Airy area. Raccoon roundworm causes the Baylisascaris infection in mammals, including dogs and humans. The worms will mature while inside the intestines of the raccoon. It is within the intestines of the raccoon that the worms lay millions of eggs. The eggs will then pass through the raccoon and stay in the feces of the raccoon. Unfortunately, the eggs can survive for years, making it easier for mammals to become infected. Dogs that inhale or ingest the eggs are at a great risk of becoming infected by the roundworms. Children who spend time outdoors are at risk of becoming infected by the roundworms because of their tendency of placing dirt or their own fingers in their mouths.

While there have only been 25 recorded cases of human raccoon roundworm infections, the infections can become severe and even fatal. Severe cases include the worms invading the brain, organs, and eyes of the infected person. It is also possible that there have been more cases than recorded, with the diagnosis not including the raccoon roundworm infection. In 2012, there were 16 cases recorded, while 6 of those infected dying from the infection. If you ever suspect raccoon activity on your Mount Airy property, call the professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control. Our technicians understand the risks of raccoon roundworm and are trained on the proper precautions to take when removing the animals. We will also assist in cleaning up the feces of the animals we remove. To get started with Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control, call us today at 443-417-3137 or visit our online contact page. We are available, so never hesitate to call. Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/baylisascaris/