Exotic tick-borne disease ehrlichiosis detected in WA’s Kimberley region is a first in Australian dogs
An exotic tick-borne disease, never seen before in Australian canines, has been found in a small number of sick dogs tested in Western Australia’s far north Kimberley.
- Ehrlichiosis is a bacterial illness transmitted by ticks — it’s been found in Australian dogs for the first time in the Kimberley
- Signs of infection include: fever, lethargy, enlarged lymph nodes, loss of appetite, weight loss and bleeding disorders
- Anyone who suspects their dog has the disease should contact their private vet, a DPIRD vet or the Emergency Animal Disease hotline on 1800 675 888.
Ehrlichiosis is a bacterial illness transmitted by ticks, particularly common in tropical and sub-tropical regions but this is the first time it has been confirmed in dogs which haven’t been imported from another country.
The affected dogs, in Halls Creek and Kununurra, have been treated by a private veterinarian in the region.
The bacteria, Ehrlichia canis, which causes the disease in dogs, was later confirmed through laboratory testing by the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness. (See link for article)
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