Raccoon worms - danger or a quick shot from the Ballermann?

Raccoon worms - danger or a quick shot from the Ballermann?

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The Oberhessen Hunters' Association warns that raccoons can transmit roundworms to humans and thus become dangerous to humans, and is therefore calling for the raccoons to be "effectively hunted". Biologists and conservationists consider this to be pure propaganda to shoot raccoons.

“Stir up fear, spread hatred”
The 1st chairman of “Protection of Raccoons e.V” writes: “It is incredible what the DJV takes out. Stir up fear, promote hatred between humans and animals! The gap is widening. If we humans continue to accept it and believe everything unchecked, we will completely lose contact with the animals in nature. ”

The main thing is to shoot down?
The conservationist also sees hunting associations spread fake horror news about other animals to justify their destruction: “The fox has the bad fox tapeworm, the wild boar eats the corn fields, the deer nibbles on the trees, the wolf eats sheep and humans! In addition, you also shoot the partridge, which has become rare, and the rabbit under protection. Oh, and let's not forget the scary crows ... of course there must be a couple of swans, dogs and cats. ”

How dangerous is the raccoon roundworm?
The raccoon protection writes: “The raccoon roundworm is no more or less dangerous than that of the dog or cat! Where's the danger of getting infected? After all, you have to eat the eggs excreted in the feces. Is that more difficult with raccoons?
Only 3 cases have been reported in over 80 years, and it was hunters who got contaminated. ”

Intermediate hosts
Rodents such as mice, squirrels, rabbits and birds are particularly intermediate hosts of the raccoon roundworm. For pets, for example, this applies to chickens or guinea pigs.

Raccoon toilets
To avoid infection, they can avoid “raccoon toilets”, just like most people don't rummage in the litter box without washing their hands afterwards. Raccoons make their heaps in the same elevated places - in nature on branches, in the garden also on wooden piles or attics. Children especially should be kept away from such “toilets”.

What happens to raccoon roundworm infection?
Humans are a false host for the larvae of the raccoon roundworm. In order for these to penetrate the body tissue, people have to ingest large amounts of eggs through the mouth. Even then, there are usually no symptoms. If there are any consequences, they are mainly a mild fever. Diseases of the central nervous system can develop extremely rarely. Only in the United States have there been a handful of such cases in young children over several centuries. The risks also apply to the roundworms of cats or dogs.

risk groups
Risk groups include foresters, hunters, forest workers, taxidermists who stuff dead raccoons, zookeepers, raccoon keepers and garden owners who share raccoons. Even with these, the risk of becoming infected is extremely low. Nanu Rose adds: "We have more contact and considerably more intensive than a hunter will ever have, and never has a papper or raccoon keeper become ill with the roundworm."

A danger?
A similar “danger” as that of the raccoon roundworm could be hallucinated for countless animal and plant species. Poisonous plants such as Foxglove or Deadly Nightshade are much more dangerous for children if they put them in their mouths, as would be necessary for infection with the roundworm. Squirrels and rabbits, swans like lizards - natural creatures sometimes carry pathogens that people can get sick of.

Nature is full of “risks”
So far, no hunting association has demanded that the blue monkshood (consumption leads to respiratory paralysis, cramps and death) or the angel's trumpet (death from heart failure), or "effectively hunt bats" (endemic form of rabies). The “danger from the raccoon roundworm” postulated by hunting associations is probably cheap propaganda with the aim of shooting away more animals.

Fear and interest
The Hessian Hunting Association understood a technique of domination well: spreading panic and at the same time claiming to have the means to ward off the fantasized threat was and is an effective trick to assert one's own interests.

A trap?
The raccoon guard advises: "Don't let yourself be chased into the fenugreek, or in this case be lured into the trap by the hunter." It could be added: The danger of being mistaken for a wild boar and shot dead by a hunter is many times greater than the risk of serious illnesses caused by raccoons: Several dozen people die in Germany every year in hunting accidents.
(Dr. Utz Anhalt)

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