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Necrotizing Fasciitis (flesh eating syndrome) in dogs

Berrimah Veterinary Laboratories has confirmed cases of necrotising fasciitis in racing greyhounds in October 2017 from Darwin.  Necrotizing fasciitis for dogs is a rare but often fatal disease caused by Streptococcus canis bacteria. Death can occur within 12 hours of initial symptoms, and therefore treatment must begin immediately to be successful. The bacteria usually enters through the skin and can be spread by contact with infected dogs or exposure in a contaminated environment. People are generally not at risk from this Streptococcus bacteria, however good personal hygiene should be maintained. 

More information is available from the Department of Primary Industry and Resources fact sheet (65.1 kb).

Biosecurity advice when handling aborted material from horses

Abortions are not infrequent in horses and while not all abortions are caused by infectious agents, differentiating infectious from noninfectious causes by observation only is generally difficult. Biological material from mares who have aborted is often collected for veterinary examination and testing. It is very important to have good biosecurity to prevent the spread of infectious agents to either people or other animals when handling this material.

More information is available from the Department of Primary Industries, Primefact #1465 (298.4 kb) 

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Last updated: 06 December 2017