"They looked like they were circulating, wandering, having spasms," Dr. Sally Slavinski, an assistant director at the Health Department, told the Post. "Some of the raccoons had some sort of nasal discharge."
The first animal was discovered June 24, while the most recent was Saturday.
Canine distemper attacks the nervous system. Infected raccoons can appear tame, confused and uncoordinated. The highly contagious virus can spread among animals through sneezing or coughing and using shared food or water bowls.
The virus does not affect humans but can be spread to unvaccinated dogs and puppies. It can also affect other animals at the park, including foxes, wolves, coyotes and skunks, as well as big cats like the snow leopard at the Central Park Zoo.