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Raccoon Roundworm

Raccoon Roundworm is an infection caused by a parasite (Baylisascaris procyonis) spread by raccoons and other infected animals. The Baylisascaris worms live in the intestines of healthy-looking raccoons, and their eggs are shed in raccoon feces. While it does no harm to a raccoon, it can cause serious illness to humans. Higher risk of exposure include children and toddlers who put contaminated fingers, soil, or objects in their mouth. Taxidermists, wildlife handlers, and hunters are also at risk.

Symptoms include nausea, liver enlargement, tiredness, loss of coordination, loss of muscle control, coma and blindness..


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