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Sick Animal Concerns

Updated: Friday, February 15 2013, 07:43 AM EST

Marion Police say an alarming number of wild animals have been spotted acting strangely inside city limits lately.

There have been eight calls of residents reporting clearly sick animals close to businesses and residences since January 1. Now officers are warning residents to beware.

Two raccoon carcasses were sent to a lab near Asheville and today, the results on one of the animals came back revealing it was infected with two diseases.

One infection was Canine Distemper Virus, which is a highly contagious disease among animals that can be spread through touching common surfaces, but there is a vaccination for it.

The second disease the lab reported finding is a bacterial infection called Leptospira that can be spread to humans - and is potentially fatal if left untreated.

One animal has attacked a person. Authorities caution not to get close if you see one. Contact the Marion Police Department at 828-652-3231.

For more information on Leptospira, click here.

By Ashlea Surles
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Sick Animal Concerns

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