City of Fairway advises residents to avoid contact with raccoons

FAIRWAY, Kan. – Fairway residents are being warned to avoid contact with raccoons out of fear they may have distemper.

City officials emailed residents Monday about a “significant” increase in the number of raccoons showing signs of the disease recently.

The city said that raccoons with distemper will approach humans, something the species doesn’t normally do.

Although humans aren’t affected by the disease, the city warned that pets can be affected and cautioned residents to make sure their pets are monitored and current on all vaccinations.

The disease is eventually deadly to raccoons.

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