HONESDALE—Updates to this weekend's story regarding two potentially rabid foxes found and euthanized in Honesdale Borough rolled in Monday morning.
Pennsylvania Game Warden Adriel Douglass reported neither specimen was tested post mortem, in part due to the large number of potential rabies cases reported to PGC.
Should further incidents persist, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) plans to investigate future subjects, said Douglass.
After speaking with the PGC Regional Biologist, Kevin Wenner, Douglass relayed Wenner believes the foxes were not infected with rabies, but rather canine distemper.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), “Canine distemper is a contagious and serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems of puppies and dogs,” as well as wildlife such as foxes, wolves, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, mink and ferrets.
AVMA notes, “In wildlife, infection with canine distemper closely resembles rabies.”
Douglass advised residents to “keep animals and kids away” from wildlife which may appear to be acting strangely.
“Never approach any sick or wild animal,” said Douglass.
He advised residents report any oddly behaving wildlife to the PGC (regional office, 570-675-1143).