Most Common Diseases To Watch Out for When it Comes to California Raccoons!

Raccoons are nuisance Huntington Beach creatures that can transmit a variety of diseases through their scratches, bites and direct contact with their droppings and urine. Since it is common for us to encounter a raccoon in our attic, especially during the night, you should be highly familiar with the diseases that they may carry. This will allow you to seek the appropriate medical assistance in case you came in direct contact with infected specie.

What Kind of Illness Can the Raccoon Transmit?

You should never interact with the California raccoon without protective gears. When cleaning their nesting materials and their droppings, you are at risks of contracting grave illness. These diseases can be detrimental to the health of your pets and to humans.


While not all Huntington Beach raccoons are potential carrier of rabies, it is still best to be careful against their bites and scratches. This virus will affect our nervous system. Some of the symptoms will include seizures, hallucination, and fevers. In case the raccoon is a possible carrier, the virus can be found in their saliva. You may also acquire the rabies virus through their scratches since there is a high probability that their paws are in constant contact with their saliva. If the behavior of the raccoon appears to be aggressive, staying away from them is an excellent idea.


These bacteria can be found in the feces of the California raccoons. Their droppings can contaminate our water and food sources. Ingesting a contaminated food or water will result to this infection. Salmonella has the capacity to survive in a dry setting for a long time. Once they are exposed in a favorable environment, they will immediately be activated. The symptoms of salmonella poisoning can include severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. This can be dangerous to elderly and children. 


Raccoon roundworm is a serious illness that can be transmitted through a direct contact with their droppings. The raccoon has the capacity to excrete a considerable amount of roundworms in their excrement. The eggs of the roundworms are significantly light. Once you disturb a dry dropping, the eggs will become airborne that you may accidentally inhale. The egg will then hatch into a larva that will travel to our vital organs. After affecting our brain, it can lead to the failure of the organs. There are reports that it may lead to coma and blindness.


Leptospirosis is caused by bacteria known as Leptospira. This can be contracted through water contaminated with the California rodent's urine or feces. In case you have an open wound that came into contact with infected water, there is a high possibility of the disease transmission. The mild case will result to diarrhea, vomiting, muscle pain, and fever. The worst case scenario can result to meningitis, liver failure, and anemia.

These are just 4 of the diseases that a Huntington Beach raccoon may carry. These diseases can sometimes be fatal so it is recommended to avoid interacting with the raccoon. If you need help in evicting the raccoon in your attic, there are wildlife removal services that can assist you.

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