2 Dozen Raccoons Die Of 'Zombie' Virus In Central Park

July 22, 2018 - 2:56 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A viral outbreak that can cause “zombie” behavior left more than two dozen raccoons dead in Central Park.

Officials from the city’s Health and Parks Departments revealed that at least 26 raccoons have died since the end of June, with two testing positive for canine distemper virus, the New York Post reported.

The other 24 were also believed to be infected with the virus, which has no effect on humans but can infect unvaccinated dogs.

City officals warn New Yorkers in the park to stay away if they see a disoriented raccoon during daylight hours. They say the disease can spread to unvaccinated dogs via contaminated feces and saliva.

The latest raccoon was found at E. 106th Street and E. Drive on Saturday morning.