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Fox suspected of rabies in Whale Cove

17 May 2022

Public Health Advisory

Fox suspected of rabies in Whale Cove

The Department of Health is advising residents of Whale Cove of a recent increase in fox activity in and around the community. A domestic dog was attacked and later became sick and died. The dog is being sent for rabies testing.

Due to the danger of rabies, we advise all residents to be on the lookout for foxes in the area.

If you have been bitten or scratched by a fox or a dog, 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.

Domestic animals that spend time tied up outdoors should be monitored for a change in behaviour and signs of rabies.

Signs of rabies include behaving strangely, staggering, frothing at the mouth, choking or making strange noises. Animals exhibiting these signs should be avoided and reported to the Regional Environmental Health Office or Conservations Officer.

If you see a fox or wolf wandering around the community, contact the Conservation Officer at 867-896-9189. If your dog had contact with a fox or wolf, call the Regional Environmental Health Officer at 867-645-8071.

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Media Contact:

Danarae Sommerville
Communications Specialist
Department of Health
867-975-5712
dsommerville1@gov.nu.ca