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Diseases

 

REPORT Jonathan Sleeman (Wildlife Veterinarian for Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries) offers advice regarding the potential risks, potential exposure, early infection recognition, and practical advice to prevent or reduce exposure with wildlife zoonotic pathogens.

Avian Diseases
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Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

Avian Salmonella
All bird species are capable of transmitting Salmonella. It is recommended that you wash your hands thoroughly after contact with any bird, including contact with eggs.

Chlamydiosis or Psittacosis
Pneumonia-type infection transmitted by inhalation of dried secretions from infected birds

Histoplasmosis
Flue-like symptoms obtained from the inhalation of mold spores growing on fecal deposits.

 

Mammalian Diseases
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Alveolar Echinococcsis
A parasite found in foxes, coyotes, dogs, and cats that causes parasitic tumors.

Baylisascaris
An intestinal roundworm found in raccoons and capable of being transmitted to humans.

Dermatophilosis

Echinococcus

Giardiasis

Rabies

Histoplasmosis

Leptospirosis

Toxoplasmosis

Tularemia


Reptilian Diseases
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Salmonellosis