Washington toddler being tested for Baylisascaris infection

The CDC is processing samples taken from a Washington state toddler who may have contracted Baylisascaris, a raccoon roundworm that migrates through the human body after ingestion and can be fatal. Raccoons tend to deposit feces, which may contain the roundworm eggs, in flat, elevated areas such as decks, roofs, woodpiles and sandboxes, so hand-washing after spending time outside is especially important to prevent infection.The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (5/8)

This is in the Seattle area. A good reason for always wearing protective gloves such as procedure gloves underneath gardening gloves – once soil is infected it is for years! They didn’t say that ova can enter through cuts in the skin too…

 

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