Do Possums Carry Diseases?

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According to the DFW Wildlife Coalition, possums are highly resistant to a variety of animal diseases, such as distemper and rabies. Testing of wild possum populations has shown no recurring incidences of rabies. A common theory is that the possum's consistently low body temperature does not allow for the rabies virus to survive well. It is still very important to consult with a physician if bitten or scratched by a possum.