Two foxes test positive for rabies in Tuktoyaktuk

(Photo retrieved from Wikimedia Commons)

Residents in Tuktoyaktuk should be on the lookout for aggressive foxes.

According to public health, two foxes recently tested positive for rabies in the community.

There have also been reports of foxes attacking dogs.

If you have been bitten, scratched or in contact with a fox or bitten by a dog, please contact the health centre and report the incident immediately,” reads the advisory. It adds that residents should report attacks to Environment and Natural Resources.

Public health officials are reminding residents that rabies in humans can be fatal and vaccines prevent the illness.

“Any individual that works closely with wildlife should review the option of receiving a rabies vaccine series or booster with the health centre,” says the advisory.

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.