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When you compare the number of diseases and
bacterial conditions that can be transmitted by
different animal species, on the whole skunk feces
does not rank particularly highly in terms of the
number of conditions or frequency of transmission.
However, this does not mean that you should be
reckless when you are dealing with a skunk latrine
or you are going into a confined space where the
skunk has been present.
Diseases Transmitted Through Skunk Feces
Although infections caused by contact with skunk
feces, or inhalation of skunk feces particles is
rare, it does happen, and diseases such as
Leptospirosis can be transmitted by disturbing
airborne particles in the feces. Canine distemper,
Hepatitis, Listeriosis and roundworm can also be
caught if you are handling the feces, so make sure
that you wear the right clothing and use the right
equipment when dealing with the feces.
Precautions To Take Before Dealing With A
Because of the potential transfer of Leptospirosis
when the feces is being cleaned and removed, it is
worth making sure that you have a breathing mask
and goggles while you are carrying out such work.
It is also best to wear thick clothing that has
long sleeves, and a durable pair of gloves while
you are carrying out the work, which should then
be placed in a hot wash immediately after you
complete the work.
Disposing Of Skunk Feces Safely
When you are cleaning out a skunk latrine, the
best option is to place the feces into a thick
garbage bag or a plastic container which can then
be sealed to prevent the feces from escaping. If
you are using a garbage bag, double bagging the
material is a wise precaution, and this can then
either be placed out with the garbage for
collection, or you can incinerate the material.
Cleaning And Disinfecting Contaminated
Once you have removed all of the feces, it is
important that you do not leave any residues of
the feces behind, and that it is safe for people
to return to the area where the skunks have been
causing the problem. In this case, making sure you
get rid all of the feces before disposing of it is
a good idea, and if you have any soiled nesting
material remove this as well, and finally give the
area a good spray of disinfectant to kill off any
remaining bacteria or harmful germs.
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