Dog movement conditions to reduce the spread of ehrlichiosis

Page last updated: Tuesday, 30 June 2020 - 6:01pm

Ehrlichiosis, a tick-borne disease caused by the bacteria Ehrlichia canis, has been detected in domestic dogs in the Kimberley region, and most recently, in the Pilbara.

E. canis occurs worldwide, particularly in tropical and subtropical regions, but this is the first time it has been detected in Australia in dogs that are not imported from overseas. See the webpage Ehrlichiosis in dogs for more information about the disease.

Report any suspicion of E. canis

Infection with E. canis is a notifiable disease in Australia. If you suspect your dog has ehrlichiosis, you must call your private vet, DPIRD vet or the Emergency Animal Disease hotline on 1800 675 888.

Movement conditions

In order to reduce the risk of spread of ehrlichiosis in dogs while the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) undertakes surveillance, conditions have been placed on moving dogs out of the Kimberley region.

These movement conditions have been implemented under the Exotic Diseases of Animals Act 1993 Control Order No. 1/2020, and apply to the shires of Broome, Derby-West Kimberley, Halls Creek and Wyndham-East Kimberley (Controlled Area Order No. 1/2020).

People may only move dogs out of the Kimberley to southern WA in accordance with the following conditions or as approved by a DPIRD officer under the Exotic Diseases of Animals Act 1993.

Following a recent detection of the disease in the northern Pilbara, it is recommended that people moving dogs out of the Pilbara also follow the below conditions.

  • Before moving a dog to southern WA, the person responsible for that dog must email DPIRD at animalbiosecurity@dpird.wa.gov.au. See below for acceptable notification details.
  • A dog being moved must be healthy.
  • A tick treatment must be applied to the dog during the seven days before moving a dog. The tick treatment must be registered for Rhipicephalus sanguineus (brown dog tick) and applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • The person responsible for moving the dog must keep a record of the treatment for brown dog tick for six months after the movement.
  • The person responsible for the dog must contact DPIRD if the dog becomes unwell following movement by calling the Emergency Animal Disease Hotline on 1800 675 888.

Acceptable notification is an email sent to animalbiosecurity@dpird.wa.gov.au with the responsible person’s details (name, address, email, phone number), the dog’s details (name, age, sex, breed, microchip number), product and date of tick treatment and details of destination for the dog.

Alternatively, you can download and complete the dog movement notification form in the Documents link on this webpage, take a photo of the completed form or email the Word file to animalbiosecurity@dpird.wa.gov.au.

The above conditions apply to all people who have dogs, including temporary residents of the Kimberley region who have brought their dogs into the area e.g. caravanners, station workers. It is recommended that people visiting the Pilbara with dogs follow the same conditions.

If you have questions about the movement conditions, call:
(08) 9368  3929.