Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3

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Kangaroo disease


Western Australia, Kangaroo disease, Lumpy jaw

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In March, 1954, a survey of part of the Murchison area was undertaken by Messrs Gooding and Harrison, Research Officers of the Agricultural Protection Board to investigate a reported outbreak of disease among kangaroos—predominantly Marloos, also known as Red or Plain Kangaroos (Macropus rufus)—which inhabit those areas. At the time the disease was not known by any special name so the name of "Lumpy Jaw" was officially adopted. Upon their return to Perth, these officers sent out a questionnaire to 67 pastoralists in the area, asking for information on the disease. Only 20 replies have been received but, from these, a lot of useful information has been obtained.