Dominican Republic: Officials ask people for voluntary hand-over of raccoon, Warns of health risks


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The Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources has asked the people responsible for the conservation of a raccoon seen in recent days, most likely in the Cristo Rey sector, National Province, to voluntarily hand it over to the said institution or to the National Zoo. Arch. Manuel Valverde Podesta.


The request of the governing entity of the environment responds to the great danger of the existence of this animal outside its natural environment, because this mammal, which belongs to the Procyonidae family, carries many diseases harmful to humans. and pets.

“Bites or scratches can cause rabies. Their urine and feces can pose many serious health risks,” the Ministry of the Environment warned.

The agency stated, through the Ministry’s Agency for Reserves and Biodiversity, that last Friday, corresponding to February 17, a team of technicians from the Ministry, with the help of two agents from the National Service for Environmental Protection (SENPA), visited the aforementioned sector, where it was believed that the animal was there, but it did not He could see it because they hid it in a lodging and many locals asked for money for delivery of this species.

The foundation said, “The law prevents us from entering a private facility without a search warrant issued by a judge, so we proceeded to withdraw and we will return with the appropriate licenses to confiscate the animal.”

In this sense, the entity responsible for the conservation of biodiversity has assured that it will remain vigilant and has arranged for trained personnel to tour the different areas where the raccoons have been seen, places where cages have also been placed to catch them.

Diseases that raccoons can transmit

Mammals seen in a video on social networks in the aforementioned sector and whose origin is not yet known, move rabies to another animal or human through saliva. It causes muscle pain, dizziness, fatigue, fever, delirium, aggression, and eventually death.

last biliscaris diseasea parasite that can cause a fatal infection of the central nervous system (CNS).

The species also bears LeptospirosisIt is a faecal-borne bacterium that can cause fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, jaundice, and kidney or liver failure.

Another disease that raccoons can transmit Salmonellosis. This causes abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. It can often lead to hospitalization.

Giardiasis: This bacteria also causes digestive disorders including bloating, vomiting, indigestion, and loss of appetite.

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