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McKinney Texas Raccoon Control Situation: What is raccoon roundworm?
Raccoon roundworm is a deadly parasite found on the body of raccoons that can cause acute neurological problems. It can be quite harmful to humans as it can cause many problems and can even result in death but that's not always the case. Generally, humans with regular contact with raccoons are more prone to get infected. The infection caused through this roundworm is called Baylisascaris.
This infection is caused when the infective eggs get inside the body of humans through hands, water, soil or any other object that is contaminated with this parasite. Once the eggs are inside the intestine, they get adequate moisture and thus they hatch and release larvae that are spread in the whole body. Whenever animals eat any other small animal that is already infected then they can get this infection.
The symptoms of infection will depend on the number of eggs or larvae inside the body. The more the number of eggs will be ingested in the body, the more severe will be the symptoms. Similarly, if less number of eggs will get inside the body then it can even happen that there will no sign or symptom at all. The symptoms will include fatigue, nausea, loss of muscle control, lack of attention to people, liver enlargement, coma, lack of coordination and blindness. In most severe cases, it can result in death. It's not that the symptoms will appear right away but it may take around a week or two after the ingestion into the body.
Anyone can be at the risk of raccoon roundworm but children and disabled persons have more chances of getting infected because they spend most of their time outside the house in park or playground. Children while playing put their hands on every single thing which they don't know whether that's clean or not.
There is no effective cure for this infection. Therefore, it is better to prevent it. It's not that difficult to save yourself from this deadly infection. You just need to follow few simple things to protect yourself such as avoid any kind of contact with the raccoons; do not feed, adopt or keep raccoons as your pet; keep your surroundings neat and clean and avoid to throw any kind of food so that raccoons will stay away from your place; raccoon faces are the biggest source of infection so try to avoid in those areas that will be contaminated with raccoon feces.
There is another effective way to avoid this infection. Raccoon feces & any other type of contaminated material should be carefully removed and it's even better to burn, bury or send to landfill. While doing this process, you should be really careful that it does not come into contact with your hands or clothes. If raccoon faces will be removed and destroyed promptly then one can easily protect him from the risk and the possible infection because the deposited eggs will take around 2-4 weeks to be infective. Therefore, follow these simple steps to save yourself.
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