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Entry ban and evacuations winter season 2018/2019

The local avalanche warnings will continue this winter season. Residents in areas prone to avalanches must be prepared for evacuation when the first avalanche risk situation arises. – A permanent entry ban will be enforced in areas with an extra high risk of avalanches, Governor Kjerstin Askholt says. - The ban will remain in force until the avalanche risk is over for the winter.  

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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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