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Daily Archives: 23. September 2011 − News & Stories


Seve­ral cases of rabies have been found near Lon­gye­ar­by­en within a week: First, the virus was found in a polar fox that had atta­cked a dog. A few days later, two reinde­er which were appar­ent­ly part­ly para­ly­zed were shot and found to be infec­ted with rabies. As far as known, this is the first time the virus has infec­ted ano­ther spe­ci­es bey­ond polar foxes in Spits­ber­gen. Rabies is a fatal dise­a­se also for humans, and the aut­ho­ri­ties request the public to be accor­din­gly careful:

  • Avo­id all cont­act with living or dead ani­mals,
  • Wash hands careful­ly after acci­den­tal cont­act,
  • Report to the Sys­sel­mann imme­dia­te­ly in case of poten­ti­al infec­tions of ani­mals or humans,
  • Curr­ent­ly, dogs are not allo­wed to be off-leash and wit­hout super­vi­si­on when out­side.

This reinde­er is just res­t­ing. Other ones were recent­ly found to be infec­ted with rabies.


Source: Sys­sel­man­nen


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