2 more Nunavut foxes test positive for rabies

1 fox tested positive in Arctic Bay and 1 in Iqaluit

Two more foxes have tested positive for rabies, says Nunavut’s Department of Health. (Photo by Paul Nuyalia)

By Nunatsiaq News

Two more foxes have tested positive for rabies in Nunavut.

One fox tested positive in Iqaluit and another in Arctic Bay, the Department of Health announced Friday in a pair of news releases.

The fox in Arctic Bay had come into contact with a team of sled dogs on Dec. 30. All of the sled dogs are being isolated and monitored for rabies, according to the release.

In Iqaluit, the infected fox was trapped and killed outside of the city.

Earlier Friday morning, the Department of Health announced a domestic dog in Iqaluit had tested positive for rabies after contact with a fox.

In the last three months, foxes have tested positive for rabies in Iqaluit, Igloolik and now Arctic Bay. An aggressive fox was also reported in Sanikiluaq on Thursday.

A woman was bitten by a fox in Igloolik last month and received treatment for a potential rabies infection.

Anyone who is scratched or bitten by a fox or dog should go to the hospital immediately, as rabies is almost always fatal if left untreated, the Nunavut government says. A rabies vaccine should be given on the first day a person may have been infected, according to the Canadian Immunization Guide.

Signs of rabies in animals include strange behaviour, staggering, frothing at the mouth and choking or making strange noises.

Any resident who notices these symptoms in foxes or in dogs should avoid the animal and report it to their regional environmental health office or conservation officer.

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(2) Comments:

  1. Posted by MONICA A CONNOLLY on

    Where can you get your dog(s) vaccinated against rabies in each community?

  2. Posted by Keith on

    “…as rabies is almost always fatal if left untreated…”

    Really? “Almost”? Untreated rabies has a 99.99+% fatality rate. It would be more accurate to say that you must assume that someone who does not get treated for rabies before they have symptoms will die.

    Among people who get treated immediately the fatality rate drops to 0%.

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