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Rabieas in arctic foxes in the Canadian North raise public health concerns

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Although rabies has always been present in circumpolar regions of the world, the disease is popping up this winter in Canada's north again, where rabid Arctic foxes are reported to have attacked people and pets. While health authorities are used to these ups and downs and are stepping up their public awareness campaigns for people living in the areas, scientists increasingly concerned that due to rapid climate change and invading red foxes the situation could change dramatically in the coming years. 

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