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Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 989-7060
Tel: (877) 747-2243
Fax (213) 481-2375
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Canine Distemper Information

Canine distemper is worldwide fatal disease of domestic dogs, foxes, raccoons, wolves, and skunks. It has also affected lions and tigers in wild animal compounds in Los Angeles County.

The virus infects the whole body and suppresses the immune system. Animals infected with Distemper can spread the virus through direct contact with other animals or by contaminating the environment with infectious discharges. Infected animals become very sick, and develop nasal and ocular discharges, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, neurologic symptoms, and may die. Dogs may be protected from this disease through vaccination.


Distemper in Dogs

Distemper Outbreaks
Winter 2009-Spring 2010 Distemper Outbreak in Raccoons and other animals, countywide
Fall 2007-Spring 2008. Distemper Outbreak in Gray Foxes, Foothills.
December 2004 Distemper Outbreak in Los Angeles (LA City Animal Services press release, pdf)
March 2004 Distemper Outbreak in South Los Angeles (LA City Animal Services press release, pdf)

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