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Fox suspected to have rabies near Rankin Inlet mine site

02 November 2017 

Public Health Advisory

Fox suspected to have rabies near Rankin Inlet mine site

The Department of Health is advising Rankin Inlet residents and local mine workers to be aware of rabies following a suspected case of the disease in a fox near the Meliadine Gold Mine this week. The fox has been sent for testing. There are a significant number of foxes in the area.

Dogs and foxes can transmit rabies to people. If you have been bitten or scratched, or had any contact with a fox, please go to the health centre and report the incident immediately. Treatment must be started quickly. People should avoid contact with foxes.

If you see a fox wandering around the community and acting strange, or if your dog has had contact with a fox, call the conservation officer immediately at 867-645-8084 or the regional environmental health officer at 867-645-8071.

Residents of Rankin Inlet can get their dog vaccinated by calling Page Burt at 867-645-2650

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Media Contact:

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