Yellowknife SPCA reports rabid dog, CPHO asks anyone in contact to call

Kit was a male husky mix that tested positive for rabies earlier this month at the Yellowknife SPCA. (Photo courtesy of Yellowknife SPCA).

While it isn’t COVID-19-related, another health advisory has cropped up in Yellowknife.

According to the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer, the Yellowknife SPCA held a dog with rabies from March 11 to 14.

The dog, a male husky mix named Kit, was flown into Yellowknife from Cambridge Bay.

On March 14, it developed symptoms of rabies and was euthanized.

Anyone, including airline staff, who had direct contact with the dog’s saliva between March 10 and 14 should call Environmental Health at (867) 767-9066 ext. 49262 to determine if they should be tested for rabies.

Rabies can be fatal for humans if left unchecked.

In an unfortunate coincidence, early rabies symptoms can feel like the flu, including: chills, fever, headaches, and tiredness among others.

Here is a more extensive list of symptoms and what to look out for.

About the Author

Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis was a reporter with CKLB from January 2019 to March 2023. In his time with CKLB, he had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures.