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Jonesboro Animal Control finds animals with distemper

Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 9:38 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Dozens of animals are being found with distemper in the Jonesboro area.

Distemper is a highly contagious virus that spreads between animals. It is common in raccoons and foxes, which is what Jonesboro Animal Control has seen here.

Jeff Moore is a senior officer for Jonesboro Animal Control. He said there are a few ways they can tell if an animal has distemper.

Those include disoriented actions, wildlife acting friendly, biting at the air, and weeping from eyes.

“We have been in contact with the state authorities and right now it is one of those deals where we have to hope it runs its course and goes away,” Moore said.

He stressed that people who have animals should get their pets vaccinated against distemper because it is fatal.

Moore said they are doing what they can to contain it so it will not reach outbreak levels.

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