Barrow under rabies quarantine

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2000

BARROW (AP) -- The city has been placed under a rabies quarantine after a rabid fox was shot in the Browerville neighborhood May 14.

Cyd Hanns of the North Slope Borough Public Health Office and Veterinary Clinic said the quarantine will remain in effect until June 14.

No one was bitten by the rabid fox but an unvaccinated dog who was exposed to the fox had to be euthanized.

The neighboring village of Atquasuk remains under a rabies quarantine until May 28 while a rabies quarantine in Wainwright was lifted this week.

Under quarantine rules, dogs are required to be tied up. Dogs running loose may be killed by animal control personnel.

''We advise residents to support community safety and keep dogs well controlled,'' Hanns said.

Barrow and some neighboring villages have been under rabies quarantines virtually all winter.

''We expected that during winter,'' Hanns said. ''We had a big fox population and expected more instances of rabid foxes.''

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