Despite the love of the media to sensationalise stories associated with foxes, the animal species is not really all that dangerous.
While it is true that foxes can transmit various diseases to human beings, judging by past records, the possibility of such incidents happening seems very rare. Also, most fox diseases tend to be relatively harmless.
The fox is classed as a pest more because of its predatory habits as it preys on livestock, and because they create a mess when going through rubbish.Their digging can also cause damage to your garden.
So what dangers do foxes really pose, and what diseases do they carry?
Diseases foxes carry
Toxoplasmosis is the most prominent disease carried by foxes. It is a parasite seen in many different animal species,including birds. Toxoplasmosis infection can negatively impact the nervous system, eyes, kidneys, brain and blood. However, the interesting fact is that nearly 50 percent of all human beings get the infection at one point or another.
Normally, symptoms of mild flu occur, and nothing else. In general, it is easy to reduce risks of infection by removing any fox litter within 24 hours. That is because toxoplasmosis eggs require at least 24 hours of air contact before it is able to be transmitted to a human being.
Another disease that can be carried by foxes is toxocara. It is a nematode roundworm, and is found in cats and dogs,too. Usually, almost every case of toxocara infection arises due to contact with an animal other than a fox.
Cats and dogs have more potential to infect a human being with the roundworm than foxes do!
Sarcoptic mange, sometimes known as fox mange, can also be transmitted to human beings by foxes, although most humans who get it actually contract the mange from their pets. That is because it is not uncommon to find fox mange in dogs. Also, even when infection occurs, the results are not very dangerous.
An infected person may suffer from an allergy-type reaction that is similar to nettle rash, and nothing more. They also carry fleas and ticks.
What about fox bites?
Even though fox bites have the ability to transmit certain diseases to human beings, a fox biting a human being is an extremely rare thing. That aside, even if a fox ends up biting someone, chances of that person getting a serious disease is almost nonexistent. Most animal rescuers believe that cats are more dangerous than foxes when it comes to spreading diseases through biting.
While the world continues to perceive foxes as some of the most notorious animals in the world, they are not too dangerous when it comes to infecting others with fox diseases.That said, it is still a good idea to use effective fox pest control techniques against foxes on your premises.