Canine distemper

Canine distemper

a highly contagious systemic disease of dogs caused by the canine distemper virus and characterised by a diphasic fever, leukopenia, gastrointestinal and respiratory catarrh and, frequently, pneumonic and neurological complications; the disease also occurs in foxes, wolves, ferrets, mink, skunks, and raccoons.

Synonym: distemper.

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