Lice detected in the fur of foxes on Svalbard

Polar foxPhoto: Jonatan Pie / Unsplash
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Once again, lice have been detected in the fur of the foxes on Svalbard. “The origin of the infection is currently uncertain,” the Governor of Svalbard stated on Wednesday.

Lice were also detected in the fur of foxes on Svalbard in 2020. In a press release, the Governor of Svalbard stated that lice are still a problem.

“The origin of the infection and whether the lice can be transmitted from foxes to dogs are currently uncertain,” Egil Rønning at the Governor of Svalbard’s office stated.

Fur lice are considered contagious to adult dogs but are not particularly troublesome. However, it is uncertain to what extent fur lice in foxes are the same lice species found in dogs.

In collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute (NP) and the Veterinary Institute, the Governor of Svalbard has now informed everyone who catches foxes this season about the possible risk of infection so that precautions can be taken to reduce the risk of transmission to dogs.

Note: The picture used is for illustration purposes only.

Source : NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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