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New Warning issued About Surge In Canine Distemper On South Coast

An outbreak of canine distemper has been discovered among raccoons on the South Coast

A new warning has been issued about an outbreak of canine distemper on the South Coast.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services officials say they’ve found multiple cases of the disease in raccoons and other wildlife in Southern Santa Barbara County. Infected wildlife will move slowly and appear confused, but can also become aggressive towards humans if they feel threatened.

The highly contagious viral disease can be spread to dogs exposed to the bodily secretions of infected wildlife. Canine distemper doesn’t pose a threat to human health.

Animal Services officials say dog owners should make sure their dog is up to date on vaccine, and avoid leading pet food outside at night which might attract wildlife.