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RABIES ALERT: Reindeer observed near Ny-Ålesund in mid-July tests positive for disease; warning issued about infection risk

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A sick reindeer that was killed along with her calf near Ny-Ålesund earlier this month has tested positive for rabies, raising concerns about the further spread of the disease and the upcoming reindeer hunting season, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

The two reindeer were killed July 16 after the mother showed behaviorial signs of the disease. Samples of the animals were sent to the Veterinary Institute in Oslo, which confirmed the mother – but not the calf – was infected.

“We reiterate the call for people to be aware and report to the Governor if they see polar foxes or reindeer who are exhibiting unnatural behavior, or dead foxes or reindeer,” Morten Wedege, the governor’s environmental manager, in a prepared statement.

Typical signs are aggressiveness in foxes, and inactivity and paralysis in reindeer. The governor’s official requested people submit pictures – or preferably video –  of carcasses or animals showing symptoms.

“We also ask people to take their precautions,” Wedege said. “Foxes must not be fed. Dogs must be on a leash and must not stand unattended.”

Furthermore, the governor is urging people who have had contact with wildlife obtain a rabies vaccine if they have not already done so.

 

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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