Study: The Use of Anti-parasitic Baits to Reduce Baylisascaris Procyonis

By Robert Herriman,

The raccoon roundworm, Baylisascaris procyonis, is a very rare (18 known cases) but very dangerous zoonotic disease to affect humans.

There are two factors that put people at risk for infection: 1) contact with raccoons, their feces, or the contaminated environment and 2) geophagia of pica. Humans who accidentally come into contact with active or abandoned latrines are at risk. Young children are at particular risk because of the habit of placing their fingers or objects in their mouths.

Because of the serious implications of infection with B. procyonis (larval migration into the eyes, organs and brain), it is important to work on prevention strategies from this deadly roundworm infection.

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