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Foxes did not have rabies

The two dead foxes that were found in the Hornsund area during the start of September have testet negative for rabies.

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Rabies confirmed in three foxes

Rabies has been detected in three new, dead foxes. The animals were found in Ebeltofthamna in Krossfjorden, by Heleysundet between Barentsøya and Spitsbergen and at Vindodden.

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Important information for reindeer hunters

Because rabies has been detected in a Svalbard reindeer, the Governor conveys advice which the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and the Governor has received from the Norwegian Directorate of Health, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Norwegian Veterinary Institute. The advice is targeted at hunters who plan to hunt for reindeer or to have other forms of contact with game, and gives direction on precautionary measures.

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"Meloria" discontinues its voyage

The sailboat «Meloria», which broke down close to Sørkapp last Thursday, has been deemed not seaworthy by the Norwegian Maritime Authority. The boat will not be able to continue its voyage.

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Polar bear incident on Phipps Island still under investigation

The Governor of Svalbard is still investigating the polar bear incident on the Sjuøyane Islands in the morning of Saturday 28 July. The islands are located in the northern part of the Svalbard archipelago. – We have ascertained some of the facts and are piecing together what happened, says Ole Jakob Malmo, police superintendent at the Governor’s office.

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