It has to be said that cases of disease contraction from Detroit raccoons isn't often. With that being said,
it is also important to say that you should never touch or breathe in raccoon feces. It is much better
if you let a professional clean of your attic off Michigan raccoon feces, because it can comprise raccoon roundworm
eggs (Baylisascaris procyonis & B. columnaris). Raccoon roundworm can infect humans. The eggs are in spore
form and can be airborne, which means you can easily breathe them in while touching raccoon feces.
Egg spores can live in nerve cells for years as pods, dormant and inactive but they present realistic danger and can cause significant consequences when they choose to activate, attacking body systems. This can be very dangerous for people, especially for children-and this danger is much more realistic than possibility to contract rabies from raccoon. Detroit raccoon feces also carries danger of contracting several other diseases that are transferred by raccoon feces. There is Giardia lamblia, a protozoa that will cause diarrhea. You can contract it from water or food that has been contaminated with it. There are other parasitic life forms that can be present in Michigan raccoon feces, such as Trypanosoma cruzi, Leptospirosis, Rickettsia rickettsii and Salmonella.
Besides these parasites that can be present in Michigan raccoon feces, fleas and lice are another problem that comes with raccoons. When Detroit raccoons enter your home, there is high probability that you or your pets will come up with fleas even if that has never been the case.
People often worry that they will contract rabies from Detroit raccoons. It is true that raccoons can contract rabies and we recommend that you never approach raccoon that looks strange, either lethargic or too energetic. Raccoons with rabies tend to be very calm or move erratically, often in circles. Raccoons with last stage of rabies have trouble to move as their legs get paralyzed. You should also feel warned if you see Michigan raccoon with the foam around mouth.
However, when it comes to rabies, Detroit raccoons can transfer it to you or your pets only in the last stage of disease, i.e. in the last 10 days or so when you can see all these symptoms all will be warned not to approach them. Canine Distemper is another, even more often Michigan raccoon illness which is fatal for raccoons and some symptoms of this (especially in an early phase) resemble rabies. Pets such as dogs and cats are sensitive to this illness, so it is very important to prevent pet encounters with Michigan raccoon that has symptoms that resemble rabies. You will protect your pets with regular vaccinations and worm checks at least once a year.
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