Akron Wildlife and Animal Removal

What Diseases Do Skunks Carry?

Skunks are known to carry zoonotic diseases alongside certain parasites and most prominent among these are; leptospirosis, and intestinal roundworm that can thrive in their hosts for a very long time. In animals, Ohio skunks can spread diseases such as Canine hepatitis, ticks, fleas, lice and mites. In western countries such as United States and Canada, Skunks have been widely popular for the spread of rabies, and rabies can be infectious due to the viral carrier that is found in the saliva of the Akron animal, and when an individual or animal is bitten by an infected animal , the virus is automatically transferred into the blood stream. Some of the earliest rabid infections are similar to flu and they include fever.

Skunks are believed to be the second largest carrier of rabies in the United States of America, thus they represent about 30% of reported cases. Bats and dogs are also known for their ability to transfer rabies to humans. Though rabies can be transferred through contact with blood, urine or saliva of an infected Ohio animal, the most prominent mode of transfer of the disease however is through scratches and bites from the animal. Aside the discomfort and other symptoms caused by Skunk's rabies, rabies can also lead to death. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that can be spread from skunks, and the disease can infect mammals. Humans get Leptospirosis when they come in contact with the infected animal's urine, saliva, blood or when they eat or drink a contaminated water or food. Once infected, an individual or Akron animal may suffer infection in the eyes, skin, and nose. Broken skin are usually more susceptible to attack from Leptospirosis and when the condition is not treated on time , one may suffer from aggravated symptoms such as Kidney damage, or liver failure.

Distemper is another condition spread by Skunks. This condition does not affect humans but animals , and it occur when your pet for instance comes in contact with the urine of an infected Akron Skunk. Vaccination is one of the ways through which pets can be protected against this condition. The best possible way to prevent skunk's transmittable disease is by avoiding any contact with the animal, whether dead or alive. Dead Skunks must not be handled with bare hand, you must wear gloves , and a protective covering for your mouth and nose , and if you do not have these protective gears, you must contact animal control service immediately. Dead Skunks must be incinerated or properly disposed where other animals cannot feed on their carcasses. Trapped Ohio Skunks must also be carefully handled because they can bite while be transported and released to another environment. Skunks must be released far from residential areas.

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