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 literature.
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 trash.
The worms lay eggs in the feces; they hatch after being
ingested and travel through the body.
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.
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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.
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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 Daily News
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