Making Sense of Ehrlichiosis

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In this hour-long talk, we will provide an overview of ehrlichiosis as both a potential pathogen of pets and as a zoonotic agent. We will review tick transmission as well relevant tick species, geography, and seasonality. We’ll present each of the three most relevant potential pathogens—E. canis, E. ewingii, and E. chaffeensis—including disease manifestations. We’ll discuss diagnosis and treatment of ehrlichiosis, as well as the clinical utility of screening tests and the appropriate course of action when a healthy dog tests positive.