Is Raccoon Round Worm Dangerous?
How common is Raccoon Round Worm?
Raccoon roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis) is a relatively common parasite in raccoons and is found throughout much of North America. Studies have estimated that over 60% of raccoons in urban areas and over 90% of raccoons in rural areas are infected with the parasite.
However, human infection with raccoon roundworm is relatively rare. This is likely due to the fact that the larvae are not very infectious to humans and require a large dose to cause infection.
Despite its relative rarity, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with raccoon roundworm and to take steps to reduce the risk of infection, such as avoiding contact with raccoon feces and washing your hands thoroughly after handling anything that may have come into contact with raccoons.