Is Raccoon Feces Dangerous?
Raccoons carry many diseases that can be dangerous for both humans and other animals. Pets and young children are at the highest chance of being affected by the raccoon feces because they play outside on the ground the most. Many times, raccoons urinate and defecate in piles in the same place, which are called raccoon latrines. Most of the times, these latrines can be found at the bottom of trees, in garages, in attics, and under decks. Here are just a few of the diseases that can be spread by raccoon feces.
Raccoons can spread roundworm eggs by their feces. Roundworm eggs are very light and will become airborne. This means that humans can inhale the eggs and become infected. When these eggs are infected, they hatch and move to different parts of the body. The larvae can cause illnesses in under a week because they can affect many organs and the nervous system. Raccoon roundworms are dangerous and could be fatal if they are not treated.
This is a bacterial infection that can be spread by raccoon droppings and urine. Leptospirosis can be contracted by both other animals and humans. If you have a wound or cut, and you come in contact with raccoon feces or urine, you could contract leptospirosis. Leptospirosiscan cause liver and kidney failure if it is not treated promptly.
This infection is transmitted by many animals. Raccoons carry the organism in their feces, which could infect the soil, water, and any other surfaces that the Giardiamay come in contact with. Humans and other animals can become infected by ingesting the infected droppings. Giardiasis can cause diarrhea, nausea, cramps and dehydration.
Rabies is a viral disease that can be spread by many species. Rabies can be fatal, which is why you should seek medical attention if you have been scratched or bitten by a raccoon. The same is true if your pet has been attacked by a raccoon that you think is infected. Raccoons that have rabies usually have aggressive behavior, may foam at the mouth, and could stumble around.
Most people only think that they can become infected with salmonella when they eat food. However, you can also become infected with salmonella if you touch the microorganism with your hand and then touch your mouth or face. Symptoms of salmonella infection include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and high fevers. Salmonella is not normally deadly, but if left untreated it can cause major dehydration. This dehydration can lead to organ damage and even death.
Raccoon droppings can contain the salmonella bacteria. When you are cleaning up raccoon droppings, you need to make sure that the area is completely disinfected. Salmonella bacteria can stay dormant in dry areas for a long time, but it can become active if the conditions change.
Raccoon feces are very dangerous to both animals and humans. There are many diseases that can be spread by raccoon feces, which is why you should clean up the feces as soon as you find it.
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