City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach Animal Care Services announced today that three raccoons in Long Beach have tested positive for distemper. Distemper poses no health risk to humans; however, Animal Care Services shares the following tips to help prevent animals from contracting distemper:
A healthy animal may contract canine or feline distemper from direct contact with an infected animal or its bodily secretions and waste. Under most environmental conditions the virus does not survive long outside the body; therefore, transmission requires close interaction between animals to enable direct contact or aerosol exposure. Many of the symptoms displayed by an animal with distemper are very similar to symptoms displayed by a rabid animal (only testing of brain tissue can determine if an animal is rabid).
In the initial stages of canine distemper, the major symptoms include high fever, reddened eyes, and a watery discharge from the nose and eyes. An infected dog will become lethargic and tired, and will usually become anorexic. Persistent coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur. Symptoms of feline panleukopenia, commonly referred to as feline distemper, include fever, vomiting, diarrhea and sudden death.
Animal Care Services tested the three raccoons after noticing signs of possible distemper in raccoons in Long Beach.
Low cost pet vaccination clinics are held monthly in Long Beach parks. The next clinics are scheduled for Saturday, February 7, at Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave., from 10:00 – 11:30 am; and at Silverado Park 1545 W. 31st St., from 1:30 – 3:00 pm. For more information and for other dates and locations please visit www.longbeach.gov/acs.