Fox tests positive rabies in Rankin Inlet

Press Release

10 May 2023

The Department of Health is advising residents of Rankin Inlet of a fox that attacked two domestic dogs on April 30, 2023, has tested positive for rabies.

Due to the danger of rabies, The Department of Health advises all residents to be on the lookout for foxes in the area.

If you have been bitten or scratched by a fox or a dog, go to the health centre and report the incident immediately. Treatment must be started quickly after exposure, as rabies infections are almost always fatal.

Domestic animals that spend time tied up outdoors should be monitored for a change in behaviour and signs of rabies.

Signs of rabies include behaving strangely, aggressive, staggering, frothing at the mouth, choking or making strange noises. Wild animals infected with rabies may also appear friendly and approach humans without fear. Animals exhibiting these signs should be avoided and reported to the Regional Environmental Health Office or Conservation Officer.

If you see a fox or wolf wandering around the community, contact the Conservation Officer at 867-645-8084. If your dog had contact with a fox or wolf, call your local Regional Environmental Health Officer at 867-645-6660.


Media Contact:

Danarae Sommerville
A/Manager of Communications
Department of Health


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