canine distemper


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The virus, called canine distemper, causes raccoons to leave their traditional habitats—trees, garbage cans, nighttime—and venture into the human domain, often in a crazed, disoriented or wobbly state. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "The Latest Scourge of Central Park: ‘Zombie’ Raccoons," 12 Aug. 2018 Of 26 raccoons found dead inside the park since June 24, two tested positive for the canine distemper virus, which doesn’t affect humans but can spread to unvaccinated dogs, officials with the city Health and Parks departments revealed on Saturday. Fox News, "Dozens of raccoons die from viral 'zombie' outbreak in New York's Central Park," 22 July 2018 Europeans could have brought over diseases such as rabies and canine distemper (similar to measles, but in dogs) that were probably not present in the Americas before, Perri said. Yasemin Saplakoglu, Fox News, "Native dogs of the Americas were wiped out by European colonization," 6 July 2018 Rabies, canine distemper virus, and bacterial infections were ruled out during testing. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "Exclusive: Fatal Disease Likely Found in Lion Cubs for First Time," 11 Apr. 2018 According to animal experts, the raccoons likely are suffering from canine distemper. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "'Zombie-like' raccoons are terrifying Ohio residents," 5 Apr. 2018 The organization suspects his maladies may have led to his abandonment, and the pint-sized pup is currently on quarantine as staff watch for signs of canine distemper virus, officials said. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ridiculously adorable baby red fox dubbed Clover admitted to Wisconsin Humane Society," 14 Mar. 2018 The disease, called canine distemper virus (CDV), infects many animals besides dogs, but it is rarely found in cats. Rafi Letxter, Washington Post, "Virus terrible for dogs shows up in critically endangered leopard," 20 Jan. 2018 Also known as canine distemper, the virus affects dogs’ respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Sickly Paleolithic Pupper Only Survived Because of Human Help," 28 Feb. 2018

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1929, in the meaning defined above

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