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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: TRANSMISSION, DIFFERENTIATION, AND PATHOBIOLOGY OF TRANSMISSIBLE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHIES Title: Pathology of neurologic disorders of raccoons (Procyon lotor)

Author
item Hamir, Amirali

Submitted to: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: April 11, 2011
Publication Date: September 1, 2011
Citation: Hamir, A.N. 2011. Pathology of neurologic disorders of raccoons (Procyon lotor). Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. 23(5)873-884.

Interpretive Summary: Raccoon is almost ubiquitous in North America. In recent times it was introduced in many parts of the world where it has now become largely feral. Since the outbreak of raccoon rabies in eastern United States and Canada, most diagnostic laboratories have had increased numbers of raccoon carcasses or raccoon brain submissions for diagnosis of rabies. However, since a number of other diseases that affect the central nervous system and have similar clinical signs as rabies have been documented in this species, this review attempts to bring the published information on neurologic disorders of raccoons under 'one roof'.

Technical Abstract: Raccoon (Procyon lotor) is almost ubiquitous in North America. In recent times it was introduced in many parts of the world where it has now become largely feral. Since the outbreak of raccoon rabies epizootic in eastern United States and Canada, most diagnostic laboratories have had increased numbers of raccoon carcasses or raccoon brain submissions for diagnosis of rabies. However, since a number of other diseases that affect the central nervous system and have similar clinical signs as rabies have been documented in this species, this review attempts to bring the published information on neurologic disorders of raccoons under 'one roof'.

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