Deadly disease spread by ticks found in Queensland for the first time
- 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)