• London Fox Control Pest 15 April 2018 | View comments

  • Foxes can carry a range of parasites and diseases relevant to the health of domestic pets, livestock and people.

    Despite this, there is scant evidence that foxes are actually an important source of infection. Instead, domestic pets and particularly dogs, which are more susceptible to a range of diseases as foxes are probably a much more important source of infection for humans.

    Foxes are susceptible to sarcoptic mange.

    This is a skin condition caused by a mite resulting in extensive hair loss and crusty skin.

    Sarcoptic mange is highly contagious amonst foxes and can be passed onto domestic pets such as dogs and cats especially those pets that an infected fox comes into contact with or if they frequent the same area as foxes.

    Foxes carry a number of internal parasites.

    For people, the most important risk to health from foxes are probably round worm  Toxocara canis and tapeworm (Echinococcus granulosus) which can cause hydatid disease (the formation of fluid-filled cycsts in organs such as the liver).

    These parasites also occur in dogs and are transferred between hosts through the ingestion of worm eggs passed in the faeces of an infected animal.

    Foxes are also susceptible to Weil's disease (leptospirosis) exactly the same disease that is tramsmitted by rats.

    Weil's disease is passed onto other animals or humans through contact with an infected animal's urine.

    On a positive note, Britain is currently "Rabies Free"; however, Rabies is still a prevelant in parts of Europe and Asia.

     

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