DEVIL OF A DISEASE

The Devil Facial Tumour Disease threatens to wipe the Tasmanian devil off the planet.• First signs of Devil Facial Tumour Disease observed in North-East in 1996.
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• DFTD is a contagious cancer restricted to Tasmanian devils.Small lumps in and around the mouth develop into large tumours and death usually follows within months.

• DFTD is spread between individuals by biting.

• More than half the devil population wiped out by DFTD.

• The disease has been confirmed at 60 different locations across 59 per cent of the State, not yet to the West Coast.

• If trends continue likely to spread across the devil population in five to 10 years.

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