Journal article

Outbreaks of sarcoptic mange in free-ranging koala populations in Victoria and South Australia: a case series

KN Speight, PL Whiteley, L Woolford, PJ Duignan, B Bacci, S Lathe, W Boardman, TF Scheelings, O Funnell, G Underwood, MA Stevenson



OBJECTIVE: To describe outbreaks of sarcoptic mange caused by Sarcoptes scabiei in free-ranging koalas in Victoria (December 2008 to November 2015) and South Australia (October 2011 to September 2014). METHODS: Koalas affected by mange-like lesions were reported by wildlife carers, veterinary practitioners or State Government personnel to the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at The University of Melbourne and the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at The University of Adelaide. Skin scrapings were taken from live and dead koalas and S. scabiei mites were identified. Tissues from necropsied koalas were examined histologically. RESULTS: Outbreaks of sarcoptic mange were fo..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Hermon Slade Foundation, The Vizard Foundation, the Albert George and Nancy Caroline Youngman Trust and other donors funded Wildlife Health Surveillance Victoria at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne. The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.