Animal officials urge vaccination after uptick in distemper in wildlife

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An eastern North Carolina county’s animal services is reminding pet owners of the importance of vaccinations after an increase in a highly contagious virus in wildlife in the area.

Craven County Sheriff’s Office – Animal Protective Services said they have recently seen an increase in distemper in wildlife populations, particularly fox & raccoons.

Officials said the virus is passed through the feces, urine and secretions of infected animals and dogs & cats can become infected through airborne exposure, through sneezing or coughing.

The virus can also be transmitted by shared food and water bowls.

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