Cambridge Bay dog tests positive for rabies

Residents who have been bitten or scratched should go to the health centre

Any Cambridge Bay residents who have been bitten by a fox or a dog are asked to go to the health centre immediately after a dog in the community tested positive for rabies. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

A dog in Cambridge Bay has tested positive for rabies, Nunavut’s Department of Health said in a March 20 press release.

Any residents who have been bitten or scratched by a dog or a fox are asked to go to the health centre and report the incident immediately, the release said.

That’s because, “Rabies is commonly found in foxes and wolves in Nunavut, and can spread to dogs when they are bitten by a rabid fox or wolf,” the release said.

Rabies can be passed onto people when an infected animal bites, scratches or licks them.

“When individuals get rabies, treatment must be started quickly,” the release said.

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

The department asks that if anyone sees an animal acting strangely or if their dog has had contact with an animal acting strangely, to avoid the animal and call a conservation officer at 867 983-4164 or the Environmental Health Officer at 867 983-4236 immediately.

“Monitor domestic animals that are tied up outside for changes in behaviour and signs of rabies.”

Questions can be directed to the Regional Environmental Health Officer at 1- 867-983-4236.

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