Coyotes & Rabies Coyotes are known carriers of rabies, which is spread through bites and scratches. The illness progresses quickly and early symptoms are similar to those of the flu. Infected individuals may also experience hallucinations, anxiety, tremors, uncontrollable salivation, and even paralysis as the virus attacks the central nervous system. People bitten by a potentially rabid coyote should seek medical attention immediately. Other Coyote Diseases Other illnesses transmitted by coyotes include tularemia, canine distemper, canine hepatitis, and mange. Coyotes also host ticks, fleas, and other parasites, which can spread a handful of diseases on their own. Due to the risk of infection, individuals should never approach coyotes. Instead, contact the professional wildlife control experts at Critter Control to remove the animals safely and humanely.