RACCOONS TEST POSITIVE FOR DISTEMPER PDF Print
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 14:21

Glasgow Police advised local media and citizens a few weeks ago about possibly ill raccoons in the city limits exhibiting behavior that would suggest rabies contamination. While tests on these raccoons were negative for rabies, the latest raccoon to be sent was tested for both rabies and distemper. Again, the rabies testing was negative, however, it was positive for distemper, which mimics rabies. We can only operate at this point on speculation which would lead us to think the raccoons that previously tested negative for rabies, may very well have been sick with distemper.

It's important to remember to never approach any animal that is acting out of their character. A sick animal is usually very passive and seem "nice" waiting for you to approach it. Don't ever do this and please educate your children about dealing with possibly ill animals domestic or wild.

Since distemper is easily transferred between animals, it’s important to make sure your pets are vaccinated against it. Please get this done as soon as possible.

Should you see a raccoon with any of the aforementioned symptoms or behaviors, contact Animal Control through the Glasgow Police Department by calling 651-5151.

 

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