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Police investigate possible Distemper incidents

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NEW BERN, N.C. - Police say they're investigating a possible Distemper outbreak.

Over the past 2 months, several animals (foxes and raccoons) were discovered in the River Bend community that tested positive for Distemper.

There's no danger of the disease being transmitted to humans. However, it is extremely contagious to domestic pets.

Pets can be protected from Distemper by being vaccinated for this disease. If you are unsure if your animal has been vaccinated, contact your veterinarian.

What to look for:

Signs of the disease in its early stages usually will consist of respiratory problems such as: coughing and nasal discharge, but can also be accompanied by diarrhea or vomiting. Later more noticeable progressive signs are more neurological, such as: Walking in circles, head tilts, partial or complete paralysis, convulsions, dementia like symptoms, involuntary jerky or twitching, convulsions (seizures) and mouth chomping (as if smacking chewing gum).

What should I do?
(1)    Never approach any wild animal! If you see a wild animal not acting right and showing any of the mentioned signs, call Animal Control at 252-633-2020.  Remember, that just because a wild animal may be out during daylight, it DOES NOT mean that this animal is sick or diseased.
(2)    Make sure your pets are current on their vaccinations.
(3)    Do NOT leave pet food outside. As this will often draw wild animals close to your residence and possibly bring them in contact with your pet.
(4)    Lastly, you can also go to www.ncwildlife.org  for additional of tips.
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