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Qld dog tests positive to deadly tick-borne disease ehrlichiosis

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Queensland agricultural authorities have issued an pressing alert after a dog examined positive for a deadly disease with a excessive mortality fee.

Canine ehrlichiosis is unfold via micro organism within the brown dog tick and is thought to trigger severe well being points, even demise, amongst canine.

Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) confirmed a dog had examined positive to the disease on July 1.

It is the primary reported case of the disease in a Queensland dog.

A DAF spokesman mentioned the border collie had travelled via Western Australia and the Northern Territory earlier this 12 months.

The discovery in Queensland has prompted a authorities alert urging folks to assess their dog’s well being in the event that they had been transferring into the state from an space the place the disease was recognized to be energetic.

Ehrlichiosis was first detected in Australian canine in WA’s Kimberley Region in May final 12 months and once more within the Northern Territory a month later.

“A veterinarian treated the dog after it displayed signs consistent with E. canis and sent samples to the Queensland government biosecurity sciences laboratory where the infection was confirmed,” the spokesman mentioned.

“The dog owner is working with their private veterinarian to manage the case through appropriate therapy and tick management.”

The micro organism Ehrlichia canis (E. canis) is thought to trigger fever, bleeding issues, weak spot and end in a low platelet depend in canine.

According to Wildlife Health Australia, the disease has a excessive mortality fee throughout the continual part of an infection.

The DAF spokesman mentioned dog homeowners ought to keep an efficient tick management program, together with common inspections.

“Early treatment of infected dogs provides the best chance of recovery and acutely infected dogs that are appropriately treated have a good prognosis,” the spokesman mentioned.

“There is no vaccine for E. canis.

“Infected dogs do not transmit E canis to humans or other animals.

“In rare cases, people may become infected with E canis after being bitten by an infected tick.”

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