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A fatal canine disease has now been found in South Australia and it is spreading rapidly in Northern Australia. The discovery of infected ticks confirms the worst fears of experts who say the spread of Ehrlichiosis in dogs is unstoppable across Australia. Hundreds of dogs have died from the tick-borne disease in Western Australia and the Northern Territory in just six months. Ehrlichiosis causes fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, abnormal bleeding, pain and weight loss, and, if not treated quickly, death. The actual disease was not found in South Australia, which is not passed from dog to dog, but through the common brown tick that can survive in all states. It was ticks infected with the deadly bacteria that were discovered in north-south Australia last month. Dr. Mary Carr, the SA’s chief veterinary officer, said the bacteria had been confirmed through laboratory tests of ticks collected from dogs in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) countries. Ticks collected from two dogs in South Australia as part of national surveillance have been found to transmit the disease. “You should also regularly check your dog for ticks and try to avoid areas where ticks might be when you travel,” said Dr. Carr. “Dogs are at greatest risk in the regions in the far north of South Australia. So if you live or travel to these regions, you should be extra careful. ”If your dog gets sick, report it to your vet and tell them where you have been and when. “She said dogs are unlikely to become infected in the southern parts of South Australia unless they have recently traveled to or from areas where infected ticks are found.” The brown dog ticks are found all over South Australia, so infected ticks may also be found in other regions. “Working dogs, wild dogs and domestic dogs can fall victim to this highly infectious disease. Many hundreds have died in the Norther Territory and Western Australia, where it was only discovered last May. Within a month it was found in the NT and surveillance programs were put in place across Australia Biosecurity introduced to map its spread for this disease from Australia, no one is sure how it got into it and there is no vaccine for it. South Australian dog owners are now being warned to ensure their dogs are in good health, tick-free and im As part of a tick control program. “If any of your dogs show signs of illness, please make sure you have a veterinarian check and certify them that they do not have E. canis (Ehrlichiosis),” says the Department of Primary Industries and Regions the SA. This tick has been found in all regions of South Australia but is more common north of Port Augusta, the department said. “Currently, infected dog ticks are most likely to be found in remote areas in the far north of South Australia. Dogs are unlikely to become infected in the rest of South Australia unless they have recently traveled to areas where infected ticks are found. This is important to be aware of reported that the uninfected tick is found throughout South Australia, so it is possible that infected ticks may be found in other regions as well. “Murdoch University in Perth studied the spread of brown ticks in 2016 and found a” southern extension of the geographic range of the brown dog tick “. IN OTHER NEWS: “The reasons for this are not fully understood but may include increased pet travel across the country and possibly climate change,” the university said. The university’s researchers said the tick is also good for indoor living and is easy to establish in kennels or homes and even in cooler climates. “These conditions mean that E. canis can spread to most parts of Australia,” the university said. It is the director of the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Professor Peter Irwin, who described the arrival of Ehrlichiosis in Australia as a disaster. At the national level, there is ongoing regulatory investigation into the importance of slowing the spread of the disease with interstate border checkpoints, much like tackling the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Professor Irwin doubts that the disease can be slowed down. Ehrlichiosis is a nationally reportable disease.

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A fatal canine disease has now been found in South Australia and it is spreading rapidly in Northern Australia.

The discovery of infected ticks confirms the worst fears of experts who say the spread of Ehrlichiosis in dogs is unstoppable across Australia.

Hundreds of dogs have died from the tick-borne disease in Western Australia and the Northern Territory in just six months.

Ehrlichiosis causes fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, abnormal bleeding, pain and weight loss, and, if not treated quickly, death.

The actual disease was not found in South Australia, which is not passed from dog to dog, but through the common brown tick that can survive in all states.

It was ticks infected with the deadly bacteria that were discovered in north-south Australia last month.

Dr. Mary Carr, the SA’s chief veterinary officer, said the bacteria had been confirmed through laboratory tests of ticks collected from dogs in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) countries.

Ticks collected from two dogs in South Australia as part of national surveillance have been found to transmit the disease.

“You should also regularly check your dog for ticks and try to avoid areas where ticks might be when you travel,” said Dr. Carr.

“The regions in the far north of South Australia are at greatest risk for dogs, so if you live in or travel in and out of these regions, you should be extra careful.

“If your dog gets sick, report it to your vet and tell them where you have been and when.”

She said dogs in the southern parts of South Australia are unlikely to become infected unless they have recently traveled to or from areas where infected ticks are found.

“The brown dog tick is found all over South Australia, so infected ticks may also be found in other regions.”

Working dogs, wild dogs, and domestic dogs can all fall victim to this highly infectious disease.

Many hundreds have already died in the Norther Territory and Western Australia, where it was only discovered last May.

Within a month it was found in the NT and biosecurity monitoring programs were launched across Australia to map its spread.

Despite strict quarantine programs over many years aimed at keeping this disease out of Australia, no one is sure how it got in and there is no vaccine for it.

South Australian dog owners are now being warned to ensure their dogs are in good health, tick free and under a tick control program.

“If any of your dogs show signs of illness, please make sure you have them checked out by a veterinarian and certified that they don’t have E. canis (Ehrlichiosis),” says the SA’s Primary Industries and Regions Division.

Dogs become infected with ehrlichiosis after being bitten by an infected tick, typically the brown dog tick

Dogs become infected with ehrlichiosis after being bitten by an infected tick, typically the brown dog tick

This tick has been spotted in all regions of South Australia but is more common north of Port Augusta, the department said.

“Currently, infected dog ticks are most likely to be found in remote areas in the far north of South Australia. Dogs are unlikely to become infected in the rest of South Australia unless they have recently traveled to areas where infected ticks are found. This is important to be aware of that the uninfected tick is found throughout South Australia, so it is possible that infected ticks may be found in other regions as well. “

Murdoch University in Perth investigated the spread of brown ticks in 2016 and found a “southern extension of the geographic range of the brown dog tick”.

“The reasons for this are not fully understood, but may include increased pet travel across the country and possibly climate change,” the university said.

The university’s researchers said the tick is also good for indoor living and is easy to establish in kennels or homes and even in cooler climates.

“These conditions mean that E. canis can spread to most parts of Australia,” the university said.

It is the director of the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Professor Peter Irwin, who described the arrival of Ehrlichiosis in Australia as a disaster.

At the national level, there is ongoing regulatory investigation into the importance of slowing the spread of the disease with interstate border checkpoints, much like tackling the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Professor Irwin doubts that the disease can be slowed down.

Ehrlichiosis is a nationally reportable disease.