HEALTH CONCERNS:Skunk Removal, Skunk Control, Spreading Diseases Nuisance skunks cause health concerns for You, your family and your pets. Most diseases are transferred only through direct contact, although the droppings within a structure can cause extremely harmful diseases (Histoplasmosis, Hanta-virus, Roundworm, Giardia lambliaetc.). Simply being near a Skunks is not considered a risk. Pets should receive regular vaccinations from your veterinarian to reduce risk. Report any direct contact with your pets to your county’s animal control office. Any human contact (scratch, bite, etc.) with Skunks should be reported to the county health department immediately as well.