Deadly disease spread by ticks found in Queensland for the first time
A deadly disease spread by ticks has arrived in Queensland for the first time, sparking a warning for pet owners to remain vigilant this summer.
Canine Ehrlichia is spread by brown dog ticks and can go undetected for weeks.
The dangerous disease has been detected in North Queensland. (See link for article)
- Ehrlichiosis can cause serious illness, including death.
- Symptoms include fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, weight loss, cloudy eyes/conjunctivitis, pain and stiffness, bleeding disorders including bruising, and swelling of the chest or front legs.
- It can lay dormant but attacks the immune system, even infecting bone marrow making treatment difficult.
- It’s important to vigilantly and regularly check pets for ticks including in between toes, ears, nose, mouth, and stomach.
- It’s also important to keep diligent with tick treatments and to avoid shrubby areas, although ticks can be found in wide-open spaces.
According to this, the disease seems to be particularly severe in German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers; however, people can be infected with it as well, although the article states the disease is ONLY transmitted through tick bites, not through contact….
I remain skeptical of this tenet.
- https://www.lymedisease.org/ehrlichiosis-tick-borne-disease-no-one-heard/ Preliminary studies suggest that the vector for the newest species E. muris-like (EML) found in Wisconsin and Minnesota is the deer tick (Ixodes scapularis), and in a recent publication, researchers found that 40% of Pacific Coast ticks were carrying three different types of Rickettsia bacteria. (8, 13)