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5 raccoons with distemper reported in Ormond Beach, officials say

Incidents reported in North Beach Street corridor, near Northbrook subdivision

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ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Ormond Beach police are warning the public after five complaints of raccoons with distemper have been made in the last two weeks in the North Beach Street corridor near the Northbrook subdivision.

Officials said the symptoms are mistaken for rabies, and the raccoons will appear to be disoriented, demonstrate bizarre behavior or exhibit paralysis.

A raccoon can be infected with two different types of distemper: canine or feline. They can have symptoms resembling upper respiratory infections, with runny noses and watery eyes, vomiting, diarrhea and anorexia.

Officials said anyone who sees a raccoon exhibiting those signs should call Volusia County Central Communications at 386-239-8276 or ask to have a  community service officer respond to the area.