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    Has anyone heard of squirrels being infected with roundworm which can be deadly in humans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dextersmom View Post
    Has anyone heard of squirrels being infected with roundworm which can be deadly in humans?
    You must be referring to "Raccoon roundworm, the danger of contacting the RW is in a coons feces.
    Raccoon RW can infect other species and be treated caught in time. It is said to not be "curable" with
    and can be deadly to humans. The Raccoon roundworm works it's way to the brain.

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    Yes I'll ditto that because we don't want squirrels getting blamed for Baylisascaris (raccoon roundworm). However it is always wise to keep squirrel enclosures impermeable to raccoons, as the raccoons will sit on top of the enclosures and poop....when it rains the poop runs down into the bottom of the enclosures and squirrels pick up the roundworm from eating food on the floor. I have known two rehabbers who have lost an entire season's releases because of this.
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    It is also important to note that while dogs or raccoons act as definitive hosts (spread the eggs in their poop), humans and squirrels are Paratenic hosts (get sick but can not spread the parasite ie. not contagious).
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    What about all those people who have raccoons as pets,how do they not get contaminated,or their animals? Does a person have to eat the feces while the eggs are hatched? If a person who has raccoons clean their feces on a daily basis are they still at risk? Just asking because I watch the story about Pumpkin the Racoon.you should you tube the story,it's adorable. I have had a few calls regarding orphaned raccoons in which I send them to the only rehaber of raccoons in our area,and I too will be taking the course to further my rehab liscense,any how,just curious..

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    Quote Originally Posted by dextersmom View Post
    What about all those people who have raccoons as pets,how do they not get contaminated,or their animals? Does a person have to eat the feces while the eggs are hatched? If a person who has raccoons clean their feces on a daily basis are they still at risk? Just asking because I watch the story about Pumpkin the Racoon.you should you tube the story,it's adorable. I have had a few calls regarding orphaned raccoons in which I send them to the only rehaber of raccoons in our area,and I too will be taking the course to further my rehab liscense,any how,just curious..
    The RW eggs do not have to "be hatched" in order to infect another but just because it's a raccoon does not mean
    it has the RW anymore then being a raccoon means it's carrying rabies. There are preventive measures that should
    always be taken to ensure one's health and safety. I know several raccoon rehabbers and they (with gloves) first bathe
    and de-worm all raccoons upond intake. Better safe then risk....
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    As Stepnstone said, you have to take precautions but not all animals will carry a certain parasite. The eggs can be eaten but also if the poop dries, they can become airborne (like dust) and you can inhale the eggs (which then hatch and the worms move around possible to your heart, other organs and/or brain). Baby raccoons are very cute but always treat their poop as if it is hazardous!


    Quote Originally Posted by dextersmom View Post
    What about all those people who have raccoons as pets,how do they not get contaminated,or their animals? Does a person have to eat the feces while the eggs are hatched? If a person who has raccoons clean their feces on a daily basis are they still at risk? Just asking because I watch the story about Pumpkin the Racoon.you should you tube the story,it's adorable. I have had a few calls regarding orphaned raccoons in which I send them to the only rehaber of raccoons in our area,and I too will be taking the course to further my rehab liscense,any how,just curious..
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    Most folks don’t keep pet raccoons. They can be really destructive and especially the boys can be mean—veeeeeery mean. There are raccoons (for the most part damaged) that live with families as part of the household and I actually know folks who have friendly raccoons at their house who come and go at will. I’ve only cared for one little raccoon. Oh my lord that was the SWEETEST baby on the planet! Boke my heart to turn her over to raccoon rescue but she was healthy and to do less would be cruel to her. I will say, I am smitten. Everything about a little raccoon is precious.

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    Isn't the raccoon roundworm the same worm found in puppies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dextersmom View Post
    Isn't the raccoon roundworm the same worm found in puppies?
    Roundworm not (raccoon roundworm) is the most common, then there is tape worm and a variety of others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stepnstone View Post
    Roundworm not (raccoon roundworm) is the most common, then there is tape worm and a variety of others.
    step is right, roundworm is species-specific and there is no danger from kittens or puppies with roundworm except the usual problems associated with ...er, WORMS in your system! There is also ringworm, very common in feral kittens.

    Only the raccoon roundworm is deadly; 100% fatal.
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