Australia was previously believed to be free of Ehrlichia canis, however during 2020, the organism was detected in Australian dogs for the first time.
E. canis was detected in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. It was first detected in a small number of domesticated dogs in the Kimberly region of WA in May 2020. This was the first detection of ehrlichiosis in dogs in Australia outside of dogs that had been imported from overseas. This was followed by detections in a small number of dogs in the NT, in Katherine and in a remote settlement west of Alice Springs in June 2020 (DPIR 2020).
*Video courtesy of AMRRIC
Sadly Ehrlichiosis has reached our community and is affecting our dogs.
Gloria is implimenting a preventative approach, distributing AMRRIC posters around the community to create awareness as well as administering tick chews to dogs in the community and prioviding tick repelant collars. We have estimated that the Tick Prevention program will cost $100,000 to roll out to Yuendumu and Nyirripi.
Literally every cent helps, so anything you can donate will be gratefully recieved. Sharing awareness through the distribution of AMRRIC posters would also be extremely helpful.
If you would like to donate specifically to this cause, please enter 'Tick Prevention Program' in your donation.
AMRRIC have developed a fantastic F&Q. Click on the link to find out more.
AMRRIC have also developed a terrific eductation package for Aboriginal Communities.
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