Literature

The Use Of Amitraz In The Control Of An Outbreak Of Sarcoptic Mange In A Colony Of Koalas 

A. s. BROWN,1 A. A. SEAWRIGHT2 AND G. T. WILKINSON3

University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland, 4067 

1 Department of Veterinary Anatomy

2 Department of Veterinary Pathology and Public Health

3 Department of Veterinarv Medicine

4 Ectodex Acaricidal Dog Wash, F 8 B Chemicals Pty Ltd, Eastwood, New South Wales 2122

ABSTRACT

An outbreak of sarcoptic mange in a colony of koalas was effectively controlled by the topical application of amitraz as a 0.025% aqueous suspension. Several koalas died in the 9 months preceding treatment, with lesions suggestive of Sarcoptes scabiei; however, no further deaths occurred following treatment and there was complete recovery of all affected animals.