Baylisascaris is a rare, sometimes fatal disease. It is caused by a small, worm-like parasite, called the raccoon roundworm, that is carried by raccoons.
You can become infected by eating dirt that contains eggs. Small children are at a higher risk.
To avoid baylisascaris, wear gloves when you remove fresh raccoon feces. Throw out the feces and any protective gear used into doubled garbage bags. Treat soiled surfaces with boiling water. Bleach and other disinfectants will not work. Wash your hands well with soap and water after cleaning.
Here are some other steps you can take:
If you think you have ingested raccoon feces, contact your health care provider.