Raccoon dog represents a more acute risk than raccoon as vector for transmission of local parasites

The increasing abundance of the raccoon and the raccoon dog made them of interest to parasitologists as potential hosts for diseases. A team of researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna has now analysed samples from both species in Austria. The raccoon dog was shown to serve as an additional host for local parasites. Like the fox, it represents a risk as a host of zoonotic parasites, such as the fox tapeworm or trichina worms, that are also of relevance for humans. The raccoons sampled, as they mainly originated from fur farms, were still largely pathogen-free. The results were published in the journal Parasitology Research. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)