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Brown Dog Tick found in Canterbury region

26 January 2015

NEW ZEALAND - New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA) has expressed considerable relief that a possible serious introduced parasite, the Brown Dog Tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus), seems to have been isolated and that the incident is under control.

“A small number of brown dog ticks were found on two pet dogs at a Canterbury address near Christchurch. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is currently seeking to find out how the dogs concerned could have picked up the ticks, and if there are any other ticks in the vicinity,” says Callum Irvine, the NZVA’s Head of Veterinary Services.

“At this point the outbreak seems to have been isolated and the incursion controlled. The NZVA will continue to support the MPI in its response to the incident.”

The brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) is present in many countries, but has not previously established in New Zealand.

The ticks have been found here on rare occasions in the past and have been successfully eradicated each time.

The Ministry of Health has assessed any risk to human health from the ticks as being extremely low.

The NZVA advises that normal flea and tick treatment for dogs, both pets and working dogs, would eliminate ticks from animals in New Zealand.

Canterbury dog owners who believe they have found brown dog ticks on their animals should contact MPI on 0800 80 99 66.

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