Ehrlichia canis,
Australia
Information received on 17/07/2020 from Dr Mark Schipp, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Australian Government, Canberra, Australia
Summary
Report type Follow-up report No. 2
Date of start of the event 13/05/2020
Date of confirmation of the event 30/05/2020
Report date 17/07/2020
Date submitted to OIE 17/07/2020
Reason for notification Emerging disease
Morbidity 75 %
Mortality 12.5 %
Zoonotic impact Transmissible to humans through tick bites
Causal agent Ehrilichia canis
Serotype Other
Related reports Immediate notification (05/06/2020)
Follow-up report No. 1 (23/06/2020)
Follow-up report No. 2 (17/07/2020)
New outbreaks (4)
Outbreak 1 Victoria-Daly region, Northern Territory
Date of start of the outbreak 18/06/2020
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Other
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 2
Outbreak 2 Broome, Western Australia
Date of start of the outbreak 19/06/2020
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Other
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 38
Outbreak 3 Halls Creek, Western Australia
Date of start of the outbreak 19/06/2020
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Other
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 24
Outbreak 4 Port Hedland, Western Australia
Date of start of the outbreak 19/06/2020
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Other
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 2
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 4
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 66
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Dogs ** ** ** **
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
**Not calculated because of missing information
Epidemiology
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments Movement controls remain in place while surveillance is undertaken to determine the extent of the outbreak.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Control of vectors
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • Treatment of affected animals (antibiotic and tick treatment)
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations