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Raccoon Distemper Advisory for Central Park

Raccoons in Central Park have tested positive for canine distemper virus. Although the virus cannot be transmitted to humans, it may be transmitted to dogs. Follow this guide to keep your pets safe in the park.

Leave wildlife alone:

  • People and pets should stay away from wild, stray, sick, or injured animals at all times.
  • Call 311 or notify an on-site Parks employee to report sick or injured animals.
  • Do not feed wildlife.

If you are bitten:

  • Wash the wound with soap and water immediately.
  • Call your doctor to see if you need tetanus or rabies shots. If a doctor is not available, go to the emergency room.
  • Call 311 to report the bite.

Monitor your pets:

  • Make sure your pets have up-to-date distemper and rabies vaccines.
  • Keep your pet on a leash, especially during dawn and dusk.

For more information, please visit the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Raccoons in New York City page, or call 311.


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