The roundworm (Baylisascaris procyonis,) can be found anywhere raccoons live in the U.S. People, especially children, can be infected by it. Infection with Baylisascaris procyonis can have severe outcomes such as, blindness and death if not treated promptly.
Source: Medical Research, September 12, 2016.
Humans become infected with Baylisascaris procyonis by ingesting embryonated (fertile) eggs. Anyone who is exposed to environments where raccoons live is potentially at risk. Young children or developmentally disabled persons are at highest risk for infection as they may be more likely to put contaminated fingers, soil, or objects into their mouths.
INSIGHTS: Raccoons tend to use “latrines” where fecal material is deposited and piles up. Raccoon latrines can be found in board piles, attics, hay piles and tree limb pockets, to name a few locations. Consider using this information for websites, newsletters and a local newspaper story.