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° Rabies is a fatal, viral disease of mammals. The most common animals responsible for the spread of this disease in Labrador are red foxes, arctic foxes, wolves, dogs and bats. Other mammals such as moose, caribou, bears, lynx, and domestic cats can also get the disease but are less commonly seen.
° Rabies is spread by the bite of infected animals. If a person is bitten by a potentially rabid animal, the wound should be washed with disinfectant immediately and then the person should see the local nurse. A rabies bite will result in death if the person does not promptly receive appropriate medical care.
° Rabies appears in cycles in Labrador of unpredictable length. When the red fox population is high, the disease can be more easily spread. In addition, when the fox population is high, their food source (e.g. snowshoe hare) decreases. This pushes foxes more towards communities in search of food, increasing the chances of encounters with people and dogs.
° When an animal becomes infected with the rabies virus, it can take anywhere from two weeks to six months for it to show signs of the disease. Once signs start, the animal will be dead within ten days.
° Vaccinating domestic animals against rabies provides protection for these animals and a disease barrier between wild animals and people.