The raccoon is a mammal that is a native of North America. It has two highly distinctive features which are the flat facial mask and its paws which are very dexterous. The raccoon is known to be a highly adaptable animal and hence though it was initially found only in the deciduous and other forests, it is now commonly seen in regions inhabited by people. One of the greatest drawbacks of the presence of raccoons in the regions where inhabited by people is that the raccoon being very easily prone to various diseases, it can spread the disease to the humans thereby affecting human population to a great extent. Apart from the spread of Raccoon diseases they are also very violent that means they can bite or scratch causing serious injuries and if the raccoon is a carrier of a disease then it is highly possible that the disease can spread to humans due to the attacks.
Types of Diseases & Virus Transmitted By Raccoons
As you may already know after doing your research; raccoons are commonly known to carry the most hazardous disease of all the wild animal families. When dealing with raccoons be very cautious and always have the proper gear to prevent from being infected with dangerous viruses and diseases.
• Rabies: One of the type of raccoon diseases that is caused by the spread of virus and sometimes it can be quite fatal. The bite of the animal if infected can be a cause to spread the disease. The saliva of the infected animal comes into contact with the wound which results in the infection being passed on. It is mandatory that any raccoon bite or scratch should be reported to the Department of Public Health for proper examination for Rabies.
• Roundworm or Baylisascaris: This is a typical disease that raccoons are carriers of and which is very easy spread by raccoons to humans. Usually the feces of the raccoon is what is infected with the eggs of the roundworm which can cause infection in human if the eggs come in contact with humans. The risk is high in elderly people when they are on a walk in the gardens and in children when playing outdoors.
• Leptospirosis: Anothertype of raccoon diseases that is spread by the raccoon. The bacteria of the disease is usually present in the urine of the raccoon and when human come in contact with it, they get infected with it. Pets and children are usually at a higher risk in contacting the disease.
Raccoons are wild and can attack at anytime especially if they feel that they are in danger. If you have been attacked by a raccoon or have been in contact with raccoon contamination, we highly suggest for you to get immediate attention by a medical expert to ensure your safety.
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Don't let raccoon infestion threaten the well being of yourself, family and pets. If your home has been invaded by these unwanted animals, be sure to take immediate action by getting them out of your property. Raccoons are very strong animals that can leave hazardous waste as well as attack humans and pets. Let A Team Services Inc Wildlife Division help you get rid of raccoons.