Are raccoon feces dangerous to humans?

Raccoons defecate in a common location called a latrine.  Raccoon feces looks similar to dog feces but usually have undigested food visible.  Raccoon latrines can be indoors or outdoors (including attics).

Raccoon feces can be harmful to people.  Baylisascaris Procyonis is a roundworm that uses raccoons as a host.  The roundworm eggs are present in the feces of infected raccoons.  People can be exposed to these eggs.  Children and pets are especially vulnerable since they may ingest the eggs.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the incubation period (time from exposure to symptoms) is usually 1 to 4 weeks.  If present, signs and symptoms can include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Liver enlargement
  • Loss of coordination
  • Lack of attention to people and surroundings
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Blindness
  • Coma

If you find a raccoon latrine, don’t wait.  Call Bio1 and have us remove the waste and properly disinfect the area promptly.