Opossums carry diseases such as leptospirosis, tuberculosis, relapsing fever, tularemia, spotted fever, toxoplasmosis, coccidiosis, trichomoniasis, and Chagas disease.
They may also be infested with fleas, ticks, mites, and lice.
Opossums are hosts for cat and dog fleas, especially in urban environments.
Are baby possums dangerous?
While they are mostly docile, aloof and rarely dangerous, opossums can attack if they feel threatened, biting back and posing a threat to house pets. Opossums can, however, carry other diseases like tularemia, tuberculosis, spotted fever and toxoplasmosis.
How do possums transmit diseases?
Zoonotic Diseases to be Aware of: Opossums are carriers of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that starts off with flu-like symptoms. The disease is transmitted through the urine and feces. It infects other mammals including cats, dogs, and humans.
What do you do when you find a baby possum?
Seek immediate assistance. Contact your local Opossum Society of the United States member, state department of wildlife, veterinarian, wildlife rehabilitator or animal control. Make sure animal control will not euthanize all opossums.
Are possums dangerous?
Yes, opossums are considered to be dangerous because of the large variety of diseases that they carry and can transmit. According to the CDC, opossums, while rare, do have the ability to carry some diseases.