Pet Kinkajous pick up risky raccoon parasites

03/18/2011 | NPR.org

Pet kinkajous in Florida, Indiana and Tennessee have been found to be infected with Balisacaris procyonis, a roundworm common to raccoons, in recent years. Humans coming in contact with the kinkajous' feces run the risk of infection from the parasite, which can cause serious illnesses such as encephalitis if the roundworms reach the brain. Owners and veterinarians can prevent the spread with regular veterinary checkups that include deworming.

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