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Distemper Outbreak in Raccoons, 2014-2015
Beginning in early December 2014, Animal Control
agencies in the South Bay area of Los Angeles began
reporting an increase in raccoons with clinical signs of
the disease Distemper. This disease is contagious to
dogs. It can be prevented in dogs with vaccination and
Between August 2014 and April 7, 2015 a total of 129
cases were documented across the southern area of Los
Angeles County. See map at right. Cases of dead or
injured raccoons in the area are also shown.
Click here for a pdf version of the map.
signs of distemper
Reports of raccoons with Distemper
(as of Mar 27, 2015)
Recommendations for Distemper
Prevention in Dogs
Vaccination. Dog owners should make sure
their pet’s Distemper vaccination is up-to-date.
NEVER FEED WILDLIFE. Do
not invite raccoons or other wildlife
to into your yard. Do
not leave pet food or water outside. Keep trash in sealed containers.
Report Cases. Veterinarians should report
any suspected cases of Distemper to our program by
completing and faxing in
this case report form. Animal control agencies
should also report any suspected cases of distemper
in both dogs and wildlife.
about Distemper are
available for free from
the American Veterinary
Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.