Raccoon that chased Toronto man thought to be contaminated

The Canadian Press

Printed Sunday, February eleven, 2018 one:12PM EST

Final Current Sunday, February eleven, 2018 6:44PM EST

Toronto police and the city&#8217s animal solutions division say multiple raccoons have been rounded up by officers, amid what they believe is a viral outbreak amongst animals that could be carrying a rabies-like infection.

The latest incident, in the town&#8217s Scarborough region, noticed a male being chased down by a raccoon on the road Sunday morning, according to law enforcement.

Early stories by police advised the man was bitten, but Toronto Animal Providers stated Sunday evening the raccoon only manufactured speak to with the man&#8217s shoe.

That raccoon and several other people that have been seen acting erratically in the earlier handful of days have been taken for tests by animal providers officials.

The Scarborough man instructed officers he considered the raccoon may possibly have rabies, but Toronto Animal Providers say it&#8217s a lot more probably the animal experienced distemper, which can trigger comparable symptoms.

&#8220It&#8217s a virus identified inside of the raccoon populace and is extremely contagious,&#8221 said Nicola Ware, a spokesperson for Toronto Animal Providers.

&#8220Deceased raccoons are routinely despatched for tests. And to date, no raccoon from the Toronto spot has analyzed constructive for rabies.&#8221

Whilst there haven&#8217t been any circumstances of rabies in Toronto, the Hamilton area has observed a continual improve in rabies situations amongst a variety of animals in the past a few many years.

Linda Jacobson, a veterinarian at the Toronto Humane Culture, mentioned the most recent figures she experienced observed show a substantial increase, but there haven&#8217t been any situations of a human getting infected with rabies.

Toronto police are even now warning citizens to be watchful all around the animals.

Jacobson said an animal contaminated with rabies would show unexpected alterations in conduct, would stagger and tumble, have problems consuming or consuming and would make abnormal seems.

&#8220Those are items that make you think of rabies, but rabies isn&#8217t the only factor that brings about those factors,&#8221 mentioned Jacobson, who explained she had once seen an erratic raccoon that appeared like it had rabies, but later tested constructive for distemper.

In the event of a bite, Jacobson said you need to instantly call your neighborhood community wellness device, which would then make clear the very best program of motion.

In the scenario of the incident in Scarborough, staff from Toronto&#8217s animal services division say the animal has been euthanized and will be tested for any infections.

Ware explained that raccoons that have distemper are often euthanized, as it&#8217s a lethal infection that causes a painful demise for the animal.

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