Of special concern in the Monterey Bay area is humans and domestic animals coming in close contact with raccoons. Besides the fact that raccoons in urban or suburban areas tend to be aggressive and can attack pets and people, they are also carriers of the roundworm parasite called Baylisascaris procyonis.
Raccoons become infected with this roundworm either by ingesting infective eggs from contaminated feces of other raccoons, or by eating infected small animals (rabbits, rodents and birds). Raccoons are asymptomatic carriers, which means that the parasite typically doesn’t cause them any problems, but they shed eggs in their feces which become infective to other animals three to four weeks after they are excreted.
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