Raccoons Test Positive For Distemper

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has issued a warning after multiple raccoons in the Rock Springs area have either tested positive, or shown signs of distemper. Most of the diseased raccoons were found along Bitter Creek between the Belt Loop and Grant Street. It is strongly recommend that all pets’ vaccinations be current, particularly for animals that are kept outside.  Pets that are kept outside should also be monitored closely for signs of distemper. If signs are detected, the pet needs to be taken to a veterinarian immediately. Canine distemper is a contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure. The disease affects dogs and certain species of wildlife, including raccoons, coyotes, wolves, foxes, and skunks. Another common house pet, the ferret, is also a carrier of this virus. The virus is spread through the air and by direct or indirect contact with an infected animal. For additional information on the disease, click here. 

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