Exposure to bear cubs near Edson pose risk to health, says AHS
Alberta Health Services is advising anyone who may have come into contact with bear cubs near Edson to be screened for potential rabies exposure.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) says a resident living about four kilometres north of Edson had one or more bear cubs living in captivity at their property last week.
Alberta Fish & Wildlife says the bear cubs near Edson are no longer in captivity and are in the wild.
Anyone who spots cubs in the area is asked to contact Alberta Fish & Wildlife so they can determine if they are the same cubs.
While the advisory is a precaution and there is no confirmation as to whether the cubs carry rabies, officials are cautioning Albertans to be vigilant.
Rabies is commonly caused by a bite from an infected animal, and rabies can be fatal if left untreated.
People who have come into contact with the cubs are asked to contact the Alberta Health Services community health office in Edson at 780-723-4421. The office is open fro 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Individuals potentially exposed to rabies are asked to speak to a public health inspector.
An investigation into the matter has been launched.
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