Foxes test positive for rabies in Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet
Nunavut Health Department advises people in these communities to be on alert for animals acting strangely
A fox in Iqaluit and a fox in Rankin Inlet that were suspected of having rabies have both tested positive.
The Department of Health made the announcement Wednesday in a news release.
Due to the danger of rabies, the Department of Health advises all residents to be on the lookout for foxes in these communities, department spokesperson Danarae Sommerville said.
Anyone who has been bitten or scratched by a fox or a dog should go to their local hospital or health centre immediately to report the incident. Treatment must be started quickly after exposure, as rabies infections are almost always fatal, Sommerville said.
The department asks people with domestic dogs that spend time outdoors to monitor their animals for changes in behaviour such as behaving strangely, staggering, frothing at the mouth, choking or making strange noises.
Wild animals infected with rabies may also appear friendly and approach humans without fear.
Animals exhibiting these signs should be avoided and reported to the regional environmental health office at 867-222-0163 or 867-975-4185.
Sightings of foxes or wolves wandering close to communities should be reported to the local conservation office.