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Update Coyote Diseases

August 24, 2020

This is an update to our blog titled New Coyote Danger, Animal Disease Could be Threat To Humans.

Here is a list of some of the diseases that the Los Angeles County Health Department has found in coyotes in their area.

Babesiosis, a parasite of the red blood cells that affects a variety of animals and occasionally people. The disease is transmitted by ticks. Symptoms may be fever, anemia, jaundice and reddish urine.

Blastomycosis, a fungal infection most commonly found in people, dogs, cats. It is found in soil and when soil is stirred up, the organism is aerosolized and can be inhaled. The lungs are often infected, with symptoms of fever and coughing.

Canine Hepatitis, a viral disease seen in dogs and coyotes, the disease does not effect humans.

Hepatozooosis, a dog disease transmitted by ticks, with symptoms of fever and emaciation. The disease does not effect people.

Histoplasmosis, a fungal infection of people and animals contracted from soil that contains bat or bird manure. The disease can be fatal but is treatable.

Hookworms, a roundworm that lives in the digestive tracts of canines, sucking blood and causing anemia. The larva can penetrate human skin and cause “creeping eruptions.”

Scabies, a disease of the skin caused by mites that causes crust and scabs on the body. People can become infected by contact with an infected animal.

Plague, a disease transmitted by infected fleas. Most infected coyotes and dogs do not develop symptoms of the disease. But infected cats develop the disease symptoms similar to that in people. Infected cats develop tender, swollen lymph nodes and may die. The full article can be viewed at http://www.thefreelibrary.com/NEW+COYOTE+DANGER%3b+ANIMAL+DISEASE+COULD+BE+THREAT+TO+HUMANS.-a083622843

This is not fear mongering simply what research is discovering about coyotes and their disease carrying capabilities.

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