Saturday, March 17, 2007
Just say 'scat' to scat
I'm not sure I'll ever get over the unexpected pleasure of seeing the neighborhood wildlife which includes a coyote, a fox or two, falcons, a pair of hawks, and at least one family of raccoons. I suppose losing the family cat to one of the predators would take some of the fun out of it, but, according to JAMA, here's what one of these critters may bring to the 'hood:
Scientists and public health experts say it's time to remove the welcome mat, because the animals often carry a roundworm parasite that is increasingly recognized as the cause of a rare but deadly form of encephalitis, especially in children.
This warning, from JAMA, points out an unexpected problem with sharing our living space with wild animals.
For more details, see the upcoming issue of Femailhealthnews. Not yet on the subscription list for this free e-mail newsletter? Send a blank e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.