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Distemper in raccoons and foxes suspected of having rabies

January 1, 1958

1) Twenty-one raccoons and 3 red foxes were collected from areas where suspected rabies occurred. All were found to be nonrabid. 2) Distemper was diagnosed in 14 of the 21 raccoons by demonstrating intracytoplasmic and intranuclear inclusions in the brain and visceral tissues. Two of the 3 foxes were considered to have distemper; the clinical signs were typical and mouse inoculation tests were negative for rabies. 3) Deaths of the other 7 raccoons were attributed to: leishmaniasis 1, gastritis 1, bronchopneumonia 1, parasitism 2, car injury 1; 1 showed no significant lesions. The death of 1 fox was attributed to parasitism. 4) Distemper may be a frequent cause of death in raccoons and foxes, in epizootics which simulate rabies.

Publication Year 1958
Title Distemper in raccoons and foxes suspected of having rabies
Authors R.T. Habermann, C. M. Herman, F.P. Williams
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Index ID 5220638
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center