Arctic fox killed in Nain has tested positive for rabies


The Provincial Government says that an Arctic fox killed in Nain has tested positive for rabies.


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed the positive result. The fox was shot by a resident earlier this month.


In recent weeks, foxes exhibiting unusual behaviour have been reported in areas of Labrador.


Any Labrador residents that have been recently bitten or scratched by a fox or dog are advised to contact their Community Clinic to be assessed.


The last recorded case of rabies in a fox in Labrador was in 2018.


Residents are asked to be vigilant and take precautions when encountering animals that are acting in an unusual or aggressive manner.


Pets should be supervised and kept tethered.


Signs of disease in wild animals include an abnormal facial expression, excessive salivation, sagging of the head and jaw, and making strange sounds.