Raccoons can shed Leptospirosis in their urine and secretions.
Exposure of these excretions to open wounds or orally can cause infection to humans.
Other Diseases: Other bacterial diseases (such as Salmonella or E.
Coli), fungus and rare parasites can also be a risk for illness in humans.
Is raccoon feces dangerous for humans?
Raccoon droppings may carry several potentially dangerous diseases. Recently, however, raccoons have been recognized as the main host for an even more dangerous parasite called Baylisascaris procyonis. This is a disgusting roundworm that can cause extremely serious disease conditions in humans.
What are the symptoms of Baylisascaris in humans?
If present, signs and symptoms can include the following:
- Liver enlargement.
- Loss of coordination.
- Lack of attention to people and surroundings.
- Loss of muscle control.
Can you get sick from eating raccoon?
Deadly raccoon roundworm can infect humans without symptoms, new study finds. Baylisascaris procyonis can spread from raccoons to other wildlife, dogs or humans. Animals become infected by either rooting through raccoon feces containing the parasite eggs or eating an infected animal.
How do humans get raccoon roundworm?
People, especially young children, become infected from accidentally ingesting eggs from soil, water, hands, or other objects that have been contaminated with raccoon feces. The eggs must be ingested by a human or other animal to be able to hatch and release larvae.