Ehrlichiosis disease detected in Northern Territory dogs

Region: Greater Darwin, Katherine Region, Barkly Region, Central Australia | Topic: Biosecurity
28 Sep 2020

The disease ehrlichiosis, an exotic tick-borne dog disease, has been confirmed in the Territory.

Ehrlichiosis is a disease spread by the brown dog tick. It primarily affects dogs. It can result in death if not properly treated.

Caused by a tick-borne bacteria, ehrlichiosis requires veterinary treatment and early treatment provides the best chance of recovery. The bacteria is transmitted to dogs by the brown dog tick and can cause fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, weight loss, cloudy or sore eyes, pain and stiffness, bleeding disorders such as nosebleeds, and, if not properly treated, death.

In very rare cases, infected ticks may infect people. Infections in people are usually easy to treat.

Dog owners should have their dogs on a tick control program, regularly check their dogs for ticks and be on the lookout for signs of the disease.

Dog with ehrlichiosis showing signs of sore eyes ref https://bowwowinsurance.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Blue-eyes-or-uveitis-due-to-Blood-parasite-E.canis-in-brown-mixed-breed-domestic-dog.jpg

Above: Dog with ehrlichiosis showing signs of sore eyes: reference

More information

For more information visit the NT Government website.

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