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Deaths of 'zombie' raccoons continue in Central Park

September 30, 2018 1:00 PM
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At least 176 Central Park raccoons have now perished in an outbreak of a virus that causes them to act like “zombies” – and three more from Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx were recently infected.

The critters are believed to have had the canine distemper virus, a fatal illness that can’t affect humans but may spread to unvaccinated dogs, officials said. Any sick raccoons found were humanely euthanized.

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