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Canine ehrlichiosis in Australia

Australia was previously believed to be free of Ehrlichia canis. During 2020, the organism was detected in Australian dogs for the first time in northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The disease (also known as canine monocytic ehrlichiosis) can cause serious illness and death in dogs, dingoes and other canids (e.g. foxes). It is transmitted through tick bites, especially the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) which are generally associated with tropical and subtropical environments. 

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Infection with E. canis (ehrlichiosis) is a notifiable disease in Australia. If you suspect ehrlichiosis in dogs in Australia, please contact your local vet or the national Emergency Animal Disease Hotline on 1800 675 888.

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