A fecal sample collected from a raccoon found dead in a home pool was submitted to the parasitology diagnostic laboratory at OADDL, the sample was submitted due to concerns of zoonosis for the home owner. Fecal centrifugation revealed the following:
Image 1 and 2: Eggs found on fecal centrifugation
Baylisascaris procyonis, the raccoon roundworm that causes visceral larva migrans in a wide range of hosts including humans. The infective larvae tend to invade the central nervous system of paratenic hosts and it can be deadly to small mammals and birds. Hay, straw and other bedding materials contaminated with raccoon feces can be a source of infection. Dogs can be definitive hosts for the adult parasites as well.
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