Raccoon Roundworms in Pet Kinkajous -- Three States, 1999 and 2010

Kazacos, K. R.; Kilbane, T. P.; Zimmerman, K. D.; Chavez-Lindell, T.; Parman, B.; Lane, T.; Carpenter, L. R.; Green, A. L.; Mann, P. M.; Murphy, T. W.; Bertucci, B.; Gray, A. C.; Goldsmith, T. L.; Cunningham, M.; Stanek, D. R.; Blackmore, C.; Yabsley, M. J.; Montgomery, S. P.; Bosserman, E.
March 2011
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;3/18/2011, Vol. 60 Issue 10, p302
The article describes the possibility for human exposure to Baylisascaris procyonis (BP) infection from pet kinkajous. BP is considered a common roundworm of raccoons. Infected animals can shed millions of BP eggs in their feces every day based on raccoon studies. Disease prevention is based on stopping migration of BP larvae to organs and tissues through postexposure treatment.


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