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Baylisascaris Procyonis (Raccoon Worm)

posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   July 17, 2014 14:38

The roundworm Baylisascaris procyonis is found in raccoons. People become infected by ingesting/inhaling worm eggs which cannot be seen by the naked eye. Signs and symptoms include nausea, tiredness, liver enlargement, loss of coordination, lack of attention to people and surroundings, loss of muscle control, blindness, and coma. The roundworm can affect the brain, spinal cord, eye, and/or other organs depending on where the larvae migrate. Unlike humans, an infected raccoon rarely shows any sign of infection, so you cannot tell if it is infected. Prevent the transmission of this infection by avoiding contact with raccoons and removing any feces by burning, or burying. The eggs located in the feces are only visible through a microscope and are resistant to most environmental conditions and can survive for years!

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