most of the United States, it is against the law for you to own any wild
animals or non-human primates (monkeys) without a permit. However, people
sometimes come into contact with these animals. Like other animals, wild
animals and primates can get diseases. Some of these diseases, called
zoonoses, can cause illness in people. Since wild animals (including monkeys,
raccoons, and skunks) can carry diseases that are dangerous to people,
CDC discourages direct contact with wildlife.
more about selected diseases of wildlife, including primates.
(raccoon roundworm): A parasitic disease associated
Infection (brucellosis): A bacterial disease associated with bison,
deer, and other wild animals.
Infection (giardiasis): A parasitic disease associated with
animals and their environment (including water).
Pulmonary Syndrome (hantavirus): A rare viral disease associated
with some types of wild mice.
simiae Infection (B virus): A deadly viral disease associated
with macaque monkeys.
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Infection (histoplasmosis): A fungal disease associated with bat
A viral disease associated with rodents and house mouse.
tuberculosis Infection (TB): A bacterial disease associated
with deer, elk, and bison.
(Yersinia pestis Infection): A rare bacterial disease
associated with wild rodents and fleas.
viral disease associated with wildlife especially raccoons, skunks, and
An infectious disease associated with wildlife especially rodents, rabbits,