What diseases do opossums carry?
When you think about wild animals like opossums, even though they
seem harmless and pleasant to see, your will most likely dread the
possibility that the animal you've found roaming through your estate
carries an infectious disease. A lot of the time, even healthy
looking animals can be really sick and infectious. Even animals that
show signs of illness on the outside may be extremely sick and
dangerous. Also, being sick can make an animal more aggressive and
hostile that it usually is. Besides, there is always a risk that a
sick animal might spread the disease to your pets or farm animals.
After all, animals frequently come in contact with one another, and
they can transmit diseases amongst them through bites, scratches and
saliva. You might be wondering if opossums can truly carry and
spread infectious diseases?
When confronted with wild animals, most people fear rabies the most.
Rabies is spread through animal’s bodily fluids, like blood and
saliva. Animals spread rabies through bites and scratches, and this,
way, the disease can also spread on humans. However, opossums are
not likely to carry or spread rabies. In fact, they are considered
to be amongst most rabies-immune animals. This means that, when it
comes to possums, rabies is not a disease you should fear. There
are, however, plenty of other infectious diseases to watch out for
when it comes to possums.
Opossums can spread many diseases through their feces, urine and
saliva. Opossums can spread EPM, which is a dangerous neurological
disease that can affect horses. They can also spread leptospirosis,
which manifests in symptoms that resemble flu, like coughing and
fever. This disease can also affect internal organs. Possums can
also spread salmonella through their feces, which is a hard and
painful bacteria to recover from. It manifests in massive vomiting
and diarrhea. Although young people and adults manage to recover
successfully from this illness, children and elderly may find
themselves in extreme danger from this disease.
Another dangerous illness possums can spread is called Tularemia.
The diseases manifests itself in symptoms such as problems with
glands and respiratory problems. In some cases, the ones who are
inflicted can even suffer from ulcers on their body. To conclude,
even though possums don’t spread any severe and lethal disease,
their bites, scratches and feces can be extremely infectious. For
this reason, it is recommended to avoid getting into direct contact
with these animals.
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