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Cross-border bans proposed to put a leash on deadly dog disease | The Esperance Express



A cross-border ban is being debated by national biosecurity agencies to contain the spread of a deadly dog disease.

A halt on the inter-state movement of dogs is being weighed up by the national Consultative Committee on Emergency Animal Diseases.

The bacteria ehrlichia canis was first detected at Halls Creek and Kununurra in Western Australia back in May and was found in the Northern Territory less than a month later.

Professor Peter Irwin, principal of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Perth’s Murdoch University, said the arrival of ehrlichiosis was a disaster.

More than a third of all dogs in some remote Top End communities have died after being infected.

The common brown tick has long been established in tropical and sub-tropical…

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