Diseases Carried by Opossums

Baltimore opossums are carriers of different kinds of ecto-parasites like the lice, mites, ticks and even fleas. Fleas are very common on the opossums. The eggs and the larva of the fleas are usually shed in the areas that they frequent regularly. In California, Murine Typhus is a disease that has for a long time been transmitted to the humans by the opossum fleas. There are other diseases that the opossum can transmit and they include coccidiosis, toxoplasmosis, salmonella, and tularemia. When infected, leptospirosis can be transmitted to the humans as well as animals through feces and urine. Rabies is rarer rate in the opossum as they have some sort of immunity to the rabies virus. Wildlife, horses and pets are at a risk of getting a disease infection that is associated with the Maryland animal.

Salmonella has been known to transmit about a million illnesses that are food borne within the US. This has led to hospitalizations and deaths. Diarrhea and fever as well as abdominal cramps have been known to occur some 12-72 hours after the infection. Theillness can go for about a week and many people may recover without the requirement of treatment.

This is a disease that is parasitic in nature and it happens in the intestinaltract of different Maryland animals. It is usually caused by the coccidian protozoa. This is a disease thatcan be spread by the opossum through the feces or the ingestion of the tissue that has been infected. Bloody diarrhea can also occur in the cases that are more severe. Many Baltimore animals are asymptomatic but the young of animals that are immune-compromised can actually die.

This is a leading cause of death and it is attributed to the foodborne illness within the US. This parasite is carried by millions within the USA but not many have the symptoms di to an immune system that keeps it from causing any kindof illness. This is a disease that can have very severe consequences especially in pregnant women or immune-compromised individuals. This is a neglected parasitic infection.

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