A veterinarian has strengthened his warning concerning the speedy unfold of a devastating illness of canine throughout northern Australia.
Dr Campbell Costello stated he had confirmed ehrlichiosis was now infecting canine instantly adjoining to the Queensland/Northern Territory border.
“We did blood testing on canine at Alpurrulum on Lake Nash and they’re 40 per cent optimistic with ehrlichiosis,” he stated.
Lake Nash is 18km from the border and two hours from Mount Isa.
Dr Costello has called on tourists just like the gray nomads returning to northern Australia for the favored dry season to be alerted to the illness.
He fears contaminated canine, and the host of the illness, the frequent brown tick, will quickly unfold the illness proper round Australia with out pressing motion by canine house owners.
He stated in different international locations the place ehrlichiosis had been endemic for generations the canine had picked some resistance to it which was not the case in Australia.
Hundreds of dogs have died with Dr Costello seeing 80 per cent mortality from ehrlichiosis infections.
“We’re about to have a catastrophe on our arms,” he stated from his clinic at Tennant Creek, within the Northern Territory.
Ehrlichiosis was first found in northern WA a 12 months in the past and has now been discovered all through the NT and the north of South Australia with instances in travelling canine in NSW and Qld.
Tasmania is transferring to use border restrictions in an effort to maintain each the illness and ticks out.
An infection with ehrlichiosis is a nationally notifiable illness and vets round Australia have been alerted to its unfold.
“Earlier than transferring canine inside or into Queensland from different states or territories, the chance of E. canis an infection needs to be assessed by the canine proprietor, canine carers, individuals answerable for the canine or managing the motion of the canine, and/or a registered veterinarian,” reads the official recommendation from the Qld authorities.
The WA authorities has motion restrictions for canine travelling from the north to the south, which embrace proof of tick remedy and safety.
Victoria’s official recommendation is for house owners “to keep away from” bringing canine into Victoria from different states and territories.
Earlier than travelling to South Australia canine house owners are suggested to ensure their canine are in good well being and never exhibiting indicators of sickness, freed from ticks and on a present tick management program.
NSW recommendation is for house owners transferring their canine from lively illness places to evaluate their canine’s well being and historical past earlier than transferring.
“… individuals who plan to maneuver or undertake canine from interstate ought to all the time test the place animals are from, what tick prevention they’ve been on, and their well being standing.”
Dr Costello stated there was no stopping the unfold of the illness.
“The horse has bolted,” he stated.
“I’m seeing many instances day-after-day the place most of of the canine die.”
Dr Costello stated the illness had not solely decimated canine populations in distant communities however was killing yard pets in city areas as effectively.
Authorities say one of the best defence to ehrlichiosis is 2 types of tick safety, there aren’t any vaccines.
Vets like Dr Costello stated the favored tick prevention by chewable tablets was not sufficient by itself.
He stated a repellent like a Pyrethrin collar was additionally wanted.
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