The Department of Health is informing residents of Cambridge Bay that a dog from the community has tested positive for rabies, according to a March 20 news release.

The dog was recently euthanized at the SPCA in Yellowknife, NWT after showing symptoms. Those symptoms could include staggering, frothing at the mouth, choking or making strange noises.

According to the release, rabies is commonly found in foxes and wolves in Nunavut and can be transferred to dogs through biting.

A person handling an infected animal could also contract rabies.

Kit, a husky dog from Cambridge Bay was euthanized in Yellowknife earlier this month after it tested positive for rabies. Facebook photo

Those who have been bitten or scratched by a fox or dog recently are to go to a health centre and report the incident immediately. Rabies treatments must begin quickly after infection.

If you see an animal acting strangely, or if your dog has contact with an animal acting strangely, avoid the animal and call the Conservation Officer at 867-983-4164 or the Environmental Health Officer at 867-983-4236, immediately.

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