Tick fever


Tick fever is a serious disease in the northern parts of Australia. Of the domestic animals, it affects only cattle and buffalo. Late last century when tick fever swept through Queensland in the absence of chemical control, it was estimated that some three million cattle died. However, advances in tickicides, vaccines and drug technology now mean that tick fever can be controlled and such losses are highly unlikely to occur again.

Topics in this Primefact include:

  • Cause of the disease
  • How tick fever spreads
  • Effects of the parasite
  • Symptoms
  • Numbers affected
  • Reporting tick fever
  • Prevention

More information on biosecurity procedure 'Tick fever' (PDF, 234.51 KB).


Primefact 80 Fourth Edition

Published: Apr 2020