April 24, 2003
(Forest Resources and Agrifoods)
(Health and Community Services)
Second sheep test positives for rabies
Provincial veterinarian Dr. Hugh Whitney said today that tests performed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have confirmed that a second sheep on the Northern Peninsula has tested positive for rabies.
According to Dr. Whitney, this most recent case was in a sheep from the same farm that confirmed the presence of rabies in a sheep on April 14. The farm, which is located at Daniel’s Harbour, is being monitored by the CFIA for additional occurrences of rabies.
"It is regrettable, but not surprising, that more than one animal has been identified with rabies on this farm," said Dr. Whitney. "We are hopeful that the rabies eradication program that has been implemented will help us remove this disease from the region."
This latest rabies case brings the total number of confirmed cases on the Northern Peninsula to 13.
More information on rabies and the province’s eradication program can be found on the Department of Forest Resources and Agrifoods’ Web site at www.gov.nl.ca/agric or by contacting the following:
Media contact: Sonia B. Glover, Forest Resources and Agrifoods, (709) 729-6183
2003 04 24 3:35 p.m.