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Published Date: 2018-03-19 13:19:54
Subject: PRO/AH> Canine distemper, wildlife - USA: (NY) raccoon, alert
Archive Number: 20180319.5696495
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Date: Thu 15 Mar 2018
Source: The Buffalo News [edited]

More than 90 reports of sick raccoons in Niagara county [New York] have been made so far this year [2018] and authorities are warning residents since dogs and cats that have not been vaccinated could be infected. The primary area of the outbreak of distemper -- a highly contagious viral disease -- is in Lewiston and Porter, though confirmed sightings have happened across the county, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said [on Thu 15 Mar 2018].

Pet owners should make sure their pets have been vaccinated. The disease cannot be passed to humans, according to authorities.

Raccoons can become infected with 2 types of distemper:
- Canine distemper in raccoons starts slowly, beginning with runny nose and watery eyes. "In its final stages, the raccoon may begin to wander aimlessly in a circle, disoriented and unaware of its surroundings. The animal may exhibit other bizarre behavior as a result of brain damage," the Sheriff's Office said.
- Feline distemper in raccoons starts suddenly with a high fever, then vomiting and diarrhea. "The course of the disease is quick, usually a week, with nearly 100 per cent mortality," according to the Sheriff's Office. Insects may play a role in the spread of the disease.

There have been no reported cases in Niagara Falls, authorities said.

[byline: Aaron Besecker]

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[Canine distemper virus is the pathogen that most frequently causes outbreaks at the carnivore wildlife-domestic interface. As distemper and rabies affect the central nervous system, they both cause behavior disorders. Distemper usually results in stumbling and lack of 'shyness', they can seem 'dumb' and/or 'friendly'. Animals showing the same signs might be rabid. Unlike in the east coast, in California terrestrial rabies is more frequent in skunks than in raccoons. It is very important to make sure to keep the vaccination schemes of all dogs, cats, and ferrets in the area up to date.

"Feline distemper" in raccoons might refer to infections caused by viruses related to the feline panleukopenia virus (FPV-like viruses), a parvovirus, not a morbillivirus, and not as common in raccoons as is canine distemper. - Mod.PMB

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See Also

Canine distemper, wildlife - USA (06): (CA), raccoon, alert 20171204.5482446
Canine distemper, wildlife - USA (04): (MI) raccoon, susp 20170718.5185788
Canine distemper - USA: (SC) 20170528.5066970
Canine distemper, wildlife - USA (03): (TN) raccoon, susp 20170410.4961651
Canine distemper, wildlife - USA (02): (VI) raccoon, skunk, fox, susp. 20170323.4921350
Canine distemper, wildlife - USA: (TX) raccoon 20170317.4906689
Canine distemper, wildlife - USA (03): (NC) raccoon, fox, susp 20161221.4713965
Canine distemper, wildlife - USA: (IL) raccoon, alert 20160317.4100969
Canine distemper, wildlife - USA (06): (NC) raccoon, fox 20151027.3748162
Canine distemper, wildlife - USA (05): (MN) raccoon, fox, skunk 20151008.3700457
Canine distemper, wildlife - USA (04): (MI) raccoon 20150930.3680606
Canine distemper, wildlife - Canada: (QC) raccoon, correction 20150930.3678889
Canine distemper, wildlife - Canada: (QC) raccoon 20150928.3674888
Canine distemper, wildlife - USA (03): (MT) raccoon, alert 20150813.3576953
Canine distemper, wildlife - USA (02): (MN), skunk, susp 20150407.3282289
Canine distemper, wildlife - USA: (VA) fox 20150122.3110501
Canine distemper, wildlife - USA (05): (VA) raccoon, alert 20131209.2101515
Canine distemper, wildlife - Canada (03): (ON) raccoon, alert 20131010.1994700
Canine distemper, wildlife - Canada (02): (ON) raccoon, alert 20130625.1790449
Canine distemper, wildlife - USA (04): (MO) raccoon, alert 20130308.1577229
Canine distemper, wildlife - USA (03): (TX) raccoon 20130220.1551195
Canine distemper, wildlife - Canada: (SK) coyote 20130206.1531817
Canine distemper, wildlife - USA (02): (OR) raccoons 20130126.1516265
Canine distemper, wildlife - USA: (TX), raccoon 20130107.1485411

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