A Queensland canine has examined constructive for a virus unfold by way of frequent brown ticks, the state’s agricultural division has confirmed.
Canine ehrlichiosis is unfold by way of micro organism within the brown canine tick and is thought to trigger severe well being points, even dying, amongst canines.
Queensland’s Division of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) confirmed a canine had examined constructive to the illness on July 1.
It’s the first reported case of the illness in a Queensland canine.
A Queensland canine just lately examined constructive for the lethal illness ehrlichiosis after travelling by way of Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
— Division of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland (@DAFQld) July 20, 2021
A DAF spokesman stated the border collie had travelled by way of Western Australia and the Northern Territory earlier this yr.
Ehrlichiosis was first detected in Australian canines in WA’s Kimberley Area in Might final yr and once more within the Northern Territory a month later.
“A veterinarian handled the canine after it displayed indicators in line with E. canis and despatched samples to the Queensland authorities biosecurity sciences laboratory the place the an infection was confirmed,” the spokesman stated.
“The canine proprietor is working with their non-public veterinarian to handle the case by way of applicable remedy and tick administration.”
The micro organism Ehrlichia canis (E. canis) is thought to trigger fever, bleeding issues, weak point and lead to a low platelet rely in canines.
The DAF spokesman stated canine homeowners ought to keep an efficient tick management program, together with common inspections.
“Early therapy of contaminated canines supplies the most effective probability of restoration and acutely contaminated canines which might be appropriately handled have a superb prognosis,” the spokesman stated.
“There isn’t any vaccine for E. canis.
“Contaminated canines don’t transmit E canis to people or different animals.
“In uncommon circumstances, folks might turn into contaminated with E canis after being bitten by an contaminated tick.”