As mammals, raccoons are susceptible to a wide variety of communicable diseases, including viruses, parasites, and bacteria. The most common bacterial infection found in wild raccoons is called Leptospirosis, which is caused by a number of different Leptospira species. It is thought to be carried in their urine, and transmitted through contaminated food or water. But contraction can also occur if contaminated urine gets on the skin, eyes, nose, ears, mouth, or throat.
Any mammals can contract this bacterial disease, including humans. Without proper treatment, Leptospirosis can lead to respiratory complications, kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure, and even death. Continue reading to learn more about Leptospirosis and its symptoms.
Many animals are carriers of the bacteria, Leptospira, but may not necessarily exhibit any signs or symptoms. The most common systems are flu or influenza-like, such as body and muscle aches, headaches, and fever. As mentioned, without proper or timely treatment, symptoms can worsen drastically. Common carriers include rats, cattle, dogs, and of course, raccoons.
This bacterial disease is rarely spread to people, and it’s even rarer for it to spread from person to person. But if humans were to contract the disease, it is likely to happen while swimming in rivers and streams, camping, canoeing, and adventure travel. These are common areas and activities where Leptospirosis exposure is more likely. Travelers, farmers, field workers, butchers, miners, sewer workers, and vets are common victims of Leptospirosis exposure.
If you have dogs or cats that play outdoors often, it is important to be vigilant about wild animal exposure. Vaccinating your pets against diseases like Leptospirosis will give them the protection they need when exploring their surroundings. One vaccine a year can save your precious pet from a deadly bacterial infection.
If you have raccoons on your property, you may need professional raccoon removal and control to get your property under control and keep it protected against disease and damage. A licensed wildlife removal company will have the proper equipment and resources necessary to deliver safe and humane raccoon exclusion and prevention services.
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