Porcupine quills in raccoons as an indicator of rabies, distemper, or both diseases: disease management implications.

Abstract

A relationship was detected between the presence of embedded porcupine quills and the diagnosis of rabies in raccoons in eastern Canada during 1999-2004. No relationship was found between the presence of quills in raccoons and the diagnosis of canine distemper. Raccoons with embedded quills should be submitted for rabies testing. 

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