October 18, 2021

NEW: Viral Outbreak Among Raccoons Prompts Warning for Pet Owners – ARLnow

One year ago today, the coronavirus transformed life throughout one momentous day. Currently, Arlington pets might deal with a lockdown of their own because of a brand-new viral outbreak.
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One year ago today, the coronavirus transformed life throughout one momentous day. Currently, Arlington pets might deal with a lockdown of their own because of a brand-new viral outbreak.

Arlington Region cautioned this mid-day that raccoons across North Arlington are evaluating favorable for an infection called Dog Distempter. The illness can be sent to pet dogs and various other pets– and also is commonly deadly or incapacitating.

Officials found out of the outbreak as a result of occurrences including unwell raccoons that had rabies-like signs over the past few months. Of the 3 raccoons caught by animal control, only one ended up screening favorable for rabies, according to a news release. Yet authorities continued catching and examining raccoons due to the worrying actions.

More from the press launch:

With ongoing problems and also records Arlington Area Pet Control as well as the Arlington Area Division of Human Providers arranged for broader testing of 6 raccoons that were removed showing neurological symptoms and signs in very early March 2021. Every one of the raccoons tested were scientifically favorable for Dog Distemper.

Distemper is a viral disease that is constantly existing in wildlife populaces at varying degrees. Raccoons are specifically prone to canine distemper, in addition to foxes, coyotes, skunks, and also unvaccinated pet dogs. This virus does not influence people. The condition is transmitted when animals have straight contact with contaminated animals or indirect contact with body fluids/feces from a contaminated pet.

We are advising citizens in North Arlington to be watchful. This break out is no longer contained to a specific area.

The County is asking pet proprietors to ensure their pet dogs are immunized versus both rabies as well as distemper. Pet dogs must be maintained inside, or on a leash when outside, officials claim.

More official advice from the County is below.

Citizens are asked to:

  • Guarantee animals are up to date on their rabies and also distemper injections
  • Maintain pets on a leash in all times as well as keep cats inside
  • Do not technique or feed any wild pets
  • Feed animals inside
  • Eliminate wildlife attractants from lawns, such as unprotected trash bin, open containers of food as well as compost

If you see a raccoon that shows up sick, tired, disoriented, or aggressive ought to stay away from the pet and call Pet Control instantly at 703-931-9241. If you encounter a dead raccoon in your yard or a public room, contact Pet Control right away.

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