Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris
Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris
(capybara)
Mammals
Exotic

Impact ID2943
Impact TypeHuman Health
Study TypeAnecdotal
Study LocationN/A
Impact DescriptionCapybaras are vectors for pathogens that can infect humans or domesticated animals. One such disease-causing agent is Rickettsia rickettsii, the bacterium that causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever in both North and South America. The establishment of capybara populations increases the risk of spreading this disease from infected individuals through tick bites.
Reference33824
Great Lakes RegionNo
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