Raccoons are pesky but they tend to stay out of way, aside from rummaging through the garbage. Where they really get in the way is in the spread of disease. You may immediately jump to rabies when thinking about diseases spread by raccoons, but there are more like roundworm and leptospirosis that can be spread by raccoons. These pests can be found anywhere, but they’ve especially adapted to urban and suburban life. In Baltimore County, raccoons are no different so it is important to stay informed about the types of diseases raccoons carry to keep you, your family, and your pets healthy.
Out of the many animals that can carry rabies, raccoons are the most common especially in the eastern part of the U.S., including Baltimore County. Rabies is a diseases caused by a virus spread to humans through an infected animal bite.
A fairly common disease in raccoons is called roundworm when raccoons are infected with baylisascariasis, which can infect people or other animals if they accidentally ingest baylisascariasis eggs. Although this is rare in people, it is also suspected to be under-diagnosed. It tends to affect children who play outside more than others so keep a close eye on young children when they play outside.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease carried in a handful of different pests. Raccoons can spread this disease to people and other animals when water is contaminated with the urine of infected raccoons.
Prevention and raccoon removal in Baltimore County
Baltimore County is not exempt from the spread of disease from raccoons. In order to stop the spread of raccoon diseases, never feed raccoons and keep garbage cans inside if possible. Avoid all contact with raccoons and raccoon feces and urine to reduce the risk of spreading disease in Baltimore County. Besides humans, raccoon disease can affect other animals. In order to keep your pets safe, keep them inside at night and if you suspect they may have had contact with a raccoon disease take them to the vet immediately.
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