BARROW (AP) -- While other North Slope villages are in the clear for the season, health officials this week extended a rabies quarantine in Wainwright after a dead fox was found near some dogs in the village.
North Slope Borough Health Department assistant public health officer Cyd Hanns said that dead fox was not tested for rabies, but that its behavior indicated that the rabies quarantine was needed for Wainwright through May 31.
Quarantines in Barrow ant Atqasuk ended April 30.
Under the quarantine, all dogs must be kept chained or confined and cannot leave the village by plane without permission of the veterinary clinic. Animals can be destroyed if they are wandering loose.
Wainwright has a population of some 650 people and is about 80 miles southwest of Barrow.
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