Fox being tested for rabies after biting 2 dogs in Rankin Inlet

Health Department warns people to be on the lookout for possibly rabid animals, report contact incidents immediately

Two dogs in Rankin Inlet are being monitored for possible rabies after being bitten by a fox. (Photo by Paul Nuyalia)

By Nunatsiaq News

People in Rankin Inlet are being warned to be on the lookout for foxes after one attacked two domestic dogs there on Sept. 23.

The fox has been sent to be tested for rabies. The two dogs are under quarantine and being watched for signs of rabies, according to a Department of Health public health advisory issued late Monday.

The advisory says anyone bitten or scratched recently by a fox or dog should go to the local health centre and report the incident immediately.

“Treatment must be started quickly after exposure, as rabies infections are almost always fatal,” said spokesperson Chris Puglia in the advisory.

He said domestic animals that spend time tied up outdoors should be watched for changes in their behaviour.

Possible signs of rabies include strange behaviour, staggering or frothing at the mouth, choking or making strange noises. People are advised to avoid those animals and report them to the regional environmental health officer or conservation officer.

Anyone who sees a fox or wolf wandering in the community can contact the conservation officer at 867-645-8084.

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