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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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Rabies-infected reindeer outside Ny-Ålesund

Rabies has been found in a sick female reindeer shot by the Governor on 16 July on the Brøggerhalvøya peninsula, 7-8 km outside of Ny-Ålesund.

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Boat accident in Barentsburg: all seriously injured are now brought to Longyearbyen

Nineteen of those injured on the catamaran Aurora Explorer are now transported to Longyearbyen by helicopter. No one is life threateningly injured. 

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