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Rabies in Igloolik

09 June 2017 

Public Health Advisory

Rabies in Igloolik

The Department of Health would like to notify residents of Igloolik that a dog that had been in contact with a rabid fox, has been confirmed to have rabies. Another dog is suspected of having rabies, and has been sent for testing.

People are reminded to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease. If you see an animal behaving strangely, staggering, frothing at the mouth, choking or making strange noises, avoid the animal and report it to bylaw.

Keep domestic animals tied up when they are outside, and monitor their behavior.

Dogs and foxes can transmit rabies to people. If you have been bitten or scratched go to the health centre and report the incident immediately. Treatment must be started quickly.

If you see a fox or wolf wandering around the community, or if your dog has had contact with a fox or wolf, call the conservation officer immediately at 867-222-0386 or the regional environmental health officer at 867-975-4800. After hours 867-975-5772

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Media Contact:

Ron Wassink
Communications Specialist
Department of Health
867-975-5710
rwassink@gov.nu.ca