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Raccoon tests positive for Canine Distemper in Kewaskum

KEWASKUM, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A raccoon tested positive for Canine Distemper in Kewaskum.

Earlier this summer, the Kewaskum Police Department said the city had been experiencing an increase in the number of sick raccoons.

A local DNR Warden was contacted to determine the cause of the increase of sick raccoons.

Upon further testing of one of the deceased raccoons, it was determined that the animals were sick with Canine Distemper. 

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Canine Distemper is a common virus found in sick raccoons. An animal with this virus will show symptoms common with rabies. In fact, the only way to determine if the raccoon is sick with rabies or canine distemper is through testing.

Canine Distemper is contagious to other animals, including dogs. It is very important that you ensure your dog's vaccinations are current to protect against contracting canine distemper or rabies.

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