APVMA-approved treatment for wombats with sarcoptic mange welcomed by wildlife rescuers

Wombats can now be given fluralaner — a pesticide that kills the mites that cause mange.

University of Tasmania disease ecologist Scott Carver said the longer-lasting drug stopped the need for weekly treatments.

“[It] is a single treatment that lasts for a month, so you can cure a wombat of the disease if you give it to them effectively,” he said.

“This will really help.

“Treating a wild animal that isn’t held in captivity is tricky … and the fewer times you need to interact with them the chances of success increase.”

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