Raccoon Roundworm : What You Need To Know

by Robb Russell, Gainesville, Florida thewildlifepro.com

New York health officials recently reported two cases of raccoon roundworm. The disease is  so rare there are fewer than 30 cases reported in medical literature. One new York teen lost sight in one eye and a baby is left brain-damaged from the disease. This is a disease transmitted through contact with raccoon feces.

Kirk Lapierre, of Saver-NGM.Com of Rutherford New jersey

The Late Kirk LaPierre

Kirk LaPierre, of Northern New Jersey, in Rutherford
a well known wildlife control expert and national authority and trainer for the wildlife control community  yesterday brought it to the attention of both Fox News 5 and Daily news that the disease is Raccoon Roundworm and Not Raccoon Ringworm . The stories eventually were changed unfortunately millions in the Greater metropolitan New York area were misinformed before the corrections were made.

Here are a few excerpts from our own site Animal Control-USA.Com:

Photo Credit: Michigan DNR

Photo Credit: Michigan DNR

“You can become infected by accidentally ingesting or inhaling infectious raccoon roundworm eggs. The eggs are passed in the raccoons stool and may contaminate surrounding soil or water. Hands can become contaminated through touching these areas, either through play or gardening.

Infected raccoons can shed millions of eggs per day, and these eggs survive in the environment for months or years. The microscopic egg has a thick outer shell that protects it in the environment and makes it difficult to destroy. The eggs are not visible to the naked eye, so it is not possible to tell exactly what areas are contaminated. Precautions must be taken in all areas where there has been heavy raccoon activity, especially if latrines are seen.”

Reginald Murray of Oklahoma Wildlife Control,LLC  recently provided the following information in Raccoon Roundworm on The Wildlife Pro Network:

Reginal Murray, Oklahoma Widlife Control, LLC has offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City

Reginald Murray, Oklahoma Wildlife Control, LLC has offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City

“When you “ring” the hind legs of an infected raccoon with a knife during skinning … the roundworms will “pop” out like spaghetti … and look the same. If they “pop” out it’s roundworm, not ligament or tendon.

Fire is the only thing that will effectively destroy the roundworm, larva or eggs.”

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You can also listen to the podcast at http://talkshoe.com/tc/16456 .The podcast was recorded in Oct  2008 called raccoons & Their Associated Diseases.

For more on Raccoon Roundworm Please visit the Centers For Disease Control Web site:

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