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Thursday, June 8, 2023

People in Igloolik have been warned to be on the lookout for rabies

Rabies in the Eastern Arctic

Key Takeaways:

  • Health officials in Nunavut are warning residents of Igloolik to be on the lookout for foxes after one of the animals attacked a person.
  • According to a news release from the territory’s Health Department, the attack occurred on Monday and followed several recent sightings and confirmed rabies cases in foxes in Igloolik.

If they see a fox or wolf wandering around the community, or if their dog has had contact with a fox or wolf, they should contact the wildlife guardian or the regional environmental health officer.

Anyone who a fox or a dog has scratched should go to the nearest health center and report the incident right away because rabies treatment must begin right away.

Officials warn that a sick fox may appear friendly.

Fox attacked a resident; Image from Troy Media

According to the release, children should not play with foxes or other wildlife, and domestic animals should be tied up when they are outside and monitored for behavioral changes or signs of rabies.

Rabies in the Eastern Arctic

The Canadian Press’s report was first published on December 20, 2021. Earlier this month, health officials in Iqaluit issued a similar rabies warning after a second fox tested positive for rabies, following an earlier positive test in November.

That warning advised Iqalummiut to be on the lookout for foxes and to be cautious around unfamiliar dogs, which could be infected. On November 1, a notice about an increase in fox sightings was also issued to Pangnirtung residents.

In late September, another fox was suspected of being infected with rabies near the Meliadine Gold Mine, prompting a warning to mine workers and residents of Rankin Inlet.

Source: CBC News, therecord

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