In the two NYC cases of raccoon roundworm, a teenager lost sight in one eye and a baby is brain-damaged from the disease.
The department's Sally Slavinski says:
"Parents should closely supervise small children in areas where raccoons live to prevent possible ingestion of raccoon feces."Some publications have been erroneously calling the disease "raccoon ringworm," rather than roundworm. The worms lay eggs which are expelled in the raccoon's feces; they hatch after being ingested and travel through the body.
The teenager lost sight in one eye in January, while the infant has been hospitalized since suffering seizures and spinal problems last October.