Nor everything is bad news in terms of epidemiology at the moment. The zoology department of the Luxembourg National Museum of Natural History, together with German partners, has analysed the distribution of the raccoon roundworm in Germany and Luxembourg. The raccoon parasite can also be transmitted to humans and can cause considerable health problems. It has been shown, however, that the roundworm does not occur in wild raccoons in Luxembourg and the German border region.
Heddergott, M., Steinbach, P., Schwarz, S., Anheyer-Behmenburg, H. E., Sutor, A., Schliephake, A….Frantz, A. C. (2020). Geographic Distribution of Raccoon Roundworm, Baylisascaris procyonis, Germany and Luxembourg. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 26(4), 821-823. https://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2604.191670.