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Thursday, November 30, 2023

In Igloolik, Nunavut, a 2nd fox, has tested positive for rabies

fox, has tested positive for rabies

Key Takeaways:

  • Officials advise anyone who a fox or dog has been bitten to visit their local health center right away.
  • In Igloolik, Nunavut, a second fox, tested positive for rabies.

According to health officials, the fox was died after attacking a member of the community. They did not immediately provide information about the individual’s condition.

It’s the second time that a rabid fox has attacked someone in the neighborhood in a week.

Nunavut health officials issued a warning to residents of Igloolik on Monday to be on the lookout for foxes after a fox attacked someone in the community. This followed a warning issued on December 14 after the first fox tested positive for rabies in the area.

Officials advise anyone who has been chewed or scratched by a fox or a dog to visit their local health center as soon as possible. “Treatment must begin as soon as possible,” the Nunavut government stated in a press release.

fox tested positive for rabies; Image from World Wildlife Fund Canada

“Avoid the animal or report it to a conservation officer if you see it is behaving strangely, staggering, frothing at the mouth, choking, or making strange noises.”

According to health officials, rabies is common in foxes and wolves in Nunavut. The release also stated that rabies is common in Nunavut foxes and wolves and that it can spread to dogs when a rabid fox or wolf bites them.

In late September, health officials issued a warning about a fox suspected of carrying rabies near the Meliadine Gold Mine. The release stated that a sick fox might appear friendly, and domestic animals should be tied up when they’re outside and that people should keep an eye on domestic animals for any changes in behavior.

“Rabies can be transferred to humans when an infected animal bites, scratches, or licks them,” according to the press release. “If a person has cuts on their skin, they can also get rabies from handling or skinning infected animals.”

Source: CBC News

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