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NEW YORK — A rare disease transmitted
through contact with raccoon feces has left a
New York City teenager blind in one eye and
an infant brain damaged.
The city's Department of Health warns
parents to be on the alert for raccoon
roundworm, which can cause nausea, nerve
damage and even death. It says fewer than
30 cases have been reported in medical
Health department spokeswoman Sally
Slavinski says parents should supervise
children to keep them from eating raccoon
feces. Droppings should be picked up using
gloves and disposable bags and put in the
The worms lay eggs in the feces; they hatch
after being ingested and travel through the
The teenager lost sight in one eye in January.
The infant has been hospitalized since
suffering seizures and spinal problems last
October. They're from Brooklyn.
Baylisascaris procyonis / roundworm is just one of many diseases our native wildlife may carry. They
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Last Spring the Bakke’s returned to find their home in minor disarray. Raccoons had entered the
home and found their way into the cabinets, food, linens beds and furniture. Most disturbingly next
to the fireplace logs, was a small pile of raccoon feces. The Bakkes called their insurance company
for help. The insurance company did not know where to turn for guidance on raccoon contamination
and called an environmental cleanup company. The environmental cleanup company referred the
insurance company to us. We understand the public health significance of raccoon intrusions.
We know how to develop a comprehensive cleaning and decontamination program. Finally, and
most importantly, we know how to sample for raccoon round worm (Baylisascaris procyonis) and
other biological contaminants carried in raccoon feces, urine and on their feet. We co-developed
the scientific method for sampling the raccoon round worm indoors. The comprehensive sample is
analyzed under the direction of a parasitologist who is internationally recognized expert in
Baylisascaris procyonis. If you believe animals have intruded in your home, contact us.
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If you believe animals have intruded in your home, contact us.
RACCOON ROUNDWORM: Blinds
NYC Teen In One Eye, Causes
Brain Damage In Infant
"Parents should closely supervise small children in areas where raccoons live to prevent possible ingestion of
raccoon feces," said Sally Slavinski, of a Health Department unit that deals with diseases that can be transmitted
between animals and humans.
In the first case, a healthy infant who traveled to upstate New York last year started having seizures and spinal
problems last October. The baby has been brain-damaged and hospitalized ever since. Then, in January, a Brooklyn
teen who hasn't left the city recently, lost sight in the right eye.
Fewer than 30 cases of Raccoon Roundworm have been reported nationwide. It takes two to four weeks for
symptoms, which include nausea, loss of coordination and muscle control, and blindness, to develop. Source: NY
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