Fox tests positive for rabies in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut

A fox has tested positive for rabies in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, according to the territory’s Department of Health.

Health Department warns anyone who was bitten, scratched by fox or wolf to report to health centre

An Arctic fox outside Arviat, Nunavut, in November 2013. A fox has tested positive for rabies in Gjoa Haven, according to the territory’s Department of Health. (James Tagalik)

A fox has tested positive for rabies in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, according to the territory's Department of Health.

Anyone who has been bitten or scratched by a fox, wolf or other animal should go to the health centre and report the incident immediately, a press release says. 

Rabies, a viral disease, can be transmitted to humans. The government of Nunavut says anyone who is infected must get treatment immediately.

Anyone who has a dog that has come in contact with a fox or a wolf is asked to contact the hamlet office at (867) 360-7141 or the regional environment health officer at (867) 983-5259.

Last year, seven Arctic foxes and three dogs tested positive for rabies in Nunavut.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.