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RACCOON ROUNDWORM (BAYLISASCARIS INFECTION)

DESCRIPTION

Baylisascaris infection is an intestinal parasite found in raccoons.

Human contraction of Baylisascaris infection is rare but can be severe if contracted.

Baylisascaris infection can be contracted by other animals.
If contraction of the parasite occurs it can infest the brain and other organs as well.

LOCATION

Baylisascaris infection is found in the intestines of raccoons and can be an issue where ever raccoons live.
 

CAUSE

Baylisascaris eggs are located in feces of raccoons that have the infection. Contraction of this disease is through ingestion or coming in contact with these droppings.
The eggs of Baylisascaris have also been located in soil and water that have been contaminated by dropping from an infected raccoon.

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms and their severity of Baylisascaris infection depends on amount of eggs that have been ingested and can take up to a week to appear. These symptoms include 
Blindness
Coordination loss
Loss of muscle control
Nausea
Enlarged liver 
Coma
The severity of symptoms depends on how many eggs are ingested and can take up to week to occur. Symptoms include:
● Nausea
● Enlarged liver
● Coordination loss
● Loss of muscle control
● Blindness 
● Coma

TREATMENT

If you suspect that you have contracted Baylisascaris infection get medical treatment as soon as possible to reduce the severe damage that can occur. Unfortunately there is no known drug to treat the infection although, albendazole has been used to treat some cases.

PREVENTION

You can prevent the contraction of Baylisascaris infection by avoiding any and all contact with raccoons and their droppings.
When spending time outdoors in areas where raccoons are known to live wash you hands as often as possible.
Raccoons should never be kept as a pet.
Raccoons rarely show any symptoms of Baylisascaris infection
To prevent raccoons from coming near or entering your home you should:
Keep trash, and pet food inaccessible
Keep sources of water outside limited 
Keep outside entrances to attics and basements sealed properly
Keep sandboxes covered 

HANDLING ANIMALS    

If you find a raccoon or their droppings in your attic, basement, on your porch, or on your property around trees, fallen logs and rocks call a professional to remove them properly to help prevent the contraction of Baylisascaris infection

OTHER FACTS

If you live in an area where raccoons are common be sure to keep your pets safe from the contraction of Baylisascaris infection by taking the proper precautions, due to the fact that dogs can be infected