Raccoon dog is a more acute risk than raccoon as vector for local parasites

(University of Veterinary Medicine — Vienna) The increasing abundance of raccoons and raccoon dogs made them of interest to parasitologists as potential hosts for diseases. Researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna now analyzed samples in Austria. The raccoon dog was shown to serve as an additional host for local parasites. It represents a risk as a host of zoonotic parasites, such as the fox tapeworm or trichina worms. The raccoons sampled, as they originated from fur farms, were still largely pathogen-free. Parasitology Research.