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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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