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BRIEF: What do you know about parasite transmission from rabbit feces?


QUESTION:
I currently use and grow earthworms for a soils program for children. One of the food materials is rabbit pellets. During the program children are encouraged to handle and explore the worms behavior. One session, an adult asked me about the parasites of rabbits and how they might transmit to humans. From the info. I've found, it seems rare that this could happen. What is your opinion/advice concerning parasite transmission from rabbit feces to earthworms to humans?

ANSWER:

I don't know anything specific, but the kids should be encouraged to wash their hands thoroughly afterwards, of course. Certainly the standard bacteria are likely to be present. May other higher eukaryotes, too, (Giardia, etc) but I've never heard of any dire warnings.