DO OTHER SPECIES CARRY RAC­COON ROUND­WORM?

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our World -

Rac­coon round­worm Baylisas­caris pro­cy­o­nis is a wide­spread par­a­sitic worm found across North Amer­ica. Its de­fin­i­tive host is the rac­coon, and it reaches sex­ual ma­tu­rity in the in­testines of its host an­i­mal. Though the par­a­site tends to af­fect car­ni­vores, it also in­fects small mam­mals and birds, and can cause se­vere neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­ease in hu­mans if in­fec­tions (con­tracted via the fae­ces) are un­treated.

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