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Rabies Detected in Canadian Cat

29 June 2015

CANADA - An outbreak of rabies has been detected in a cat in Labrador City, Canada.

The Provincial Government continues to monitor for rabies after a cat tested positive for the disease in  in early June.

This is the third domestic animal to be found with the disease this year.

A dog was confirmed with rabies in Labrador City in February and another in Makkovik in April.

In this latest case, the cat was attacked by a fox in mid-May and kept in a kennel for observation.

The cat was euthanized after its behavior changed and it became aggressive.

In total, 12 animals have tested positive for rabies this year. There have been confirmed cases in the Labrador City, Voisey's Bay, Hopedale, Makkovik and Nain areas.

The Provincial Government continues to encourage residents to be vigilant and take precautions when encountering animals acting in a strange or aggressive manner. Residents should:

  • Keep domestic animals, such as dogs and cats under control and tethered or penned while outdoors;
  • Vaccinate dogs and cats against rabies;
  • Avoid wild animals particularly foxes and wolves;
  • Report any sightings of wild or domestic animals acting strangely to conservation officers, wildlife enforcement officers, veterinarians, police or public health officials;
  • Wash any bites or other areas of contact with potentially rabid animals immediately with soap and water; 
  • Immediately go to your health clinic or emergency department for treatment of any animal bites. Any significant contact with potentially rabid animals should be reported to public health officials.


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