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Disease risks from raccoons and skunks
  1. Sian Mitchell1,
  2. Jane Anscombe2 and
  3. Julie Wessels3
  1. 1AHVLA – Carmarthen, Job's Well Road, Johnstown, Carmarthen SA31 3EZ
  2. 2Farm First Vets, The Bryn Garage, Penpergwm, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 9AT
  3. 3AHVLA – Bury St Edmunds, Rougham Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 2RX

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A SHORT communication has recently reported that raccoons imported as pets and illegal imports into Norway have shown evidence of infection with Baylisascaris procyonis (Davidson and others 2013). B procyonis is an ascarid nematode commonly found in wild raccoons in North America and other areas of the world where these animals have been introduced. This parasite, like other ascarids, produces large numbers of eggs that are very resistant in the environment. It is considered the most common cause of clinical larva migrans in wild and domestic animals and birds in North America. Infection in people is rare and mainly associated with neurological or ocular disease which can be severe and fatal, particularly in young children. …

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