Do Raccoons Carry Diseases?
#Raccoons can carry a plethora of different diseases so it is best to avoid any contact. The majority of their diseases are carried in their fecal matter. Raccoons can actually carry more diseases than rats. The most prevalent disease we see in raccoons is rabies. Reported rabies in raccoons has increased considerably in the last 30 years. In fact, #raccoons have recently been identified as the major wildlife host of rabies in the United States. In addition to rabies it is not uncommon for a raccoon to carry Baylisascaris, or roundworm. This roundworm can infect people as well as a variety of other animals, including dogs. Human infections are rare, but can be severe if the parasites infect the eye, organs, or the brain. While you should not live in fear if you have raccoons in your #attic, it is very important proper sanitization methods are deployed by professionals.