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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Rabid foxes are seen in two Nunavut neighborhoods


Key takeaways: 

  • Anyone bitten or scratched by a fox or canine should run to their health center.
  • An Arctic fox was found close to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. 

Nunavut issues alert after two Rabid foxes discovered: 

The Government of Nunavut tells two foxes in the region have lately tested positive for rabies — one in Coral Harbour and one in Chesterfield Inlet. 

The government requests citizens in these districts to look for foxes.

Anyone in the neighborhood who has been bitten or scratched by a fox or dog should instantly run to their regional health center. 

If your pets spend unsupervised time outdoors, the department recommends keeping a watch on them to notice if they begin acting differently. 

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Rabid Foxes in Nunavut poses severe threat to residents

Symptoms of rabies in dogs include behaving strangely, shaking, frothing at the mouth, choking, or making weird noises. 

Foxes with rabies may also seem friendly, the department cautions. 

If you notice a fox or wolf in Coral Harbour or Chesterfield Inlet, or your dog has had contact with one, call the provincial environmental health officer at 867-645-6660 or conservation officer at 867-975-7780. 

Rabies is nearly always deadly in humans if not ministered instantly, and health centers are prepared to manage the disease.

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