Parents in Australia’s north-west may want to consider keeping their furry friends away from children.
The state’s Department of Primary Industries has released an advisory warning of the dangers of pet luggage and the need to take care when carrying them.
According to the department, “children are particularly at risk from exposure to pet dust, pet saliva, and pet waste, as well as from pet bites.”
Pet bags should be kept away from all household pets and pet-friendly pet enclosures, according to the warning.
It also warns that pet food can contain pet allergens and “could be a potential food source for respiratory disease.”
According to Australia’s Department for Primary Industries, there is currently no vaccine for canine and cat coronavirus (COVID-19).
A pet food company has been accused of contaminating children’s food with the bacteria, which can cause the same disease in dogs.
The Australian Food Standards Agency has been criticised for failing to do enough to check that children’s products are safe.
It has since ordered the company to stop selling children’s pet food.
While pet-related illnesses and deaths have increased in Australia, the number of cases has been stable in recent years, according the AP.
In 2015, there were 6,845 confirmed cases of coronaviruses, including 9,838 new cases.
A total of 14,766 cases of COVID-16 have been confirmed, including 6,547 new cases, according AFP data.