Officials diagnose mystery illness killing raccoons in Point Pleasant
Officials have discovered why scores of raccoons in Point Pleasant have been dying. Jack Neary, an animal control officer, said he has picked up more than 100 dead or dying raccoons in the past few weeks. Neary said he assumed the reason for the deaths was rabies, but tests came back negative. Officials at the Wildlife Pathology Office in Clinton confirmed the illness was Canine distemper, which can mimic rabies. People can't contract the disease but dogs can. Veterinarians say the disease can be fatal in dogs but the vaccination is very successful. Ferrets, skunks, wolves and foxes can also catch Canine Distemper.