There are many types of disease that people can come in contact with when dealing with wildlife, there are Respiratory Diseases, Skin Disease, Nervous system Diseases all that have been related to contact with either wildlife or the droppings of wildlife.
In these pages we will attempt to explain to you in layman's terms what each disease is, what it effects and how it could possibly be contracted. Keep in mind that this is only for reference, we are animal control folks, not doctors! If you feel that you may have one of these diseases, please see your local doctor to tests. We are only providing general information on each disease.
Histoplasmosis is a Respiratory illness that effects the very young and the elder age group, it is also known to effect the folks that have a weak immune system. You can find more information about
Histoplasmosis in wildlife here.
Baylisascaris Infection (raccoon roundworm) is a disease associated with raccoons and their feces, Raccoon roundworm is a parasite disease that effects the lung. You can find more information on raccoon roundworm disease here.
Brucella Infection (brucellosis): This is a disease that is associated with Bison, Deer, Cattle and several other types of wild animals. You have more information on brucellosis disease here.
Giardia Infection (giardiasis): Giardia Infection is found in many types of wildlife, it is a microscopic parasite that is found all around the world. It is mostly found in areas where animals will drink water that is stagnate.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (hantavirus): Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a respiratory disease that comes from contact with rodents such as mice and rats. Squirrels have also been linked to this disease. You can find more information in HPS on this page.
Herpesvirus simiae Infection (B virus): This is basically a virus that is found in Monkeys. Monkeys will be the main carrier of this disease. However the disease can also be found in rabbits, Guninea pigs and rodents. For more information on Herpesvirus in wildlife click here
Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis: LCM as it is often refereed to is a disease that is associated with rodents. this disease effects the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. This disease is most often caused by contact with the common house mouse, it is estimated by the CDC that 5% of all house mice carry this disease. You can find more info on LCM here
Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection (TB): TB is a disease that effects the lungs, this disease is most commonly spread by mammals such as Cows, Elephants, Tigers and many other exotic types of animals that are confined in a zoo like environment.
Plague (Yersinia pestis Infection): The plague is a disease that effects many different parts of the body, there are several different types of the plague and we will have more information on the plague in wildlife pages.
Rabies: Rabies is a viral disease that cause the brain to swell, it causes acute swelling in humans and other warm bodied mammals. This is the most recognizable wildlife disease and is most commonly associated with bats, foxes, skunks, raccoons and several other warm blooded animals. To learn more about rabies in wildlife click here
Tularemia: This is better known as the rabbit disease, it is in fact a disease that cause a very high fever, This disease is spread by several different types of wildlife such as Rabbits, Hares and Pikas. There is also a type "B" strain of this disease which affects beaver, muskrats and other aquatic mammals.