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More than 30 skunks test positive for Distemper in Roanoke City

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The USDA is asking Roanoke City Animal Control to test any skunks presenting with symptoms of Distemper.

Officer Keith Roberts says, Roanoke City usually picks up 5-10 skunks a year. In the last 6 months they have picked up 30 skunks in neighborhoods all over the city. All 30 have tested positive for distemper.

Many of the skunks have been found in Northwest and Northeast parts of Roanoke.

Symptoms of Distemper are similar to rabies. Contact animal control if you see a skunk acting odd. Distemper is not contagious for people but pets that have not been vaccinated can contract the disease.

Make sure pets are vaccinated against distemper. The disease is not curable only treatable in pets.


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