Posted September 08, 2018 05:32:20 A major public health emergency has been declared in New South Wales, where authorities have warned people to avoid travelling by pet transport.
Key points:The state’s Public Health Minister has issued a nationwide public health alert for pet transportThe public health minister says it’s a “public health issue” and recommends pet transport in New ZealandPet transport can pose health risks to people with asthma, COPD, COPV, or other respiratory diseasesThe move comes after the release of a report that found pet transport could pose health risk to people in the state.
Public Health Minister Michael McCormack said on Monday the issue was a “serious public health threat” and called for a nationwide ban on pet transport across the country.
“Pets and humans travelling together are at greater risk of a range of chronic health conditions such as COPD and COPV.”
These conditions can cause respiratory problems, particularly asthma, but also chronic lung diseases like COPD,” he said.”
And in people with COPD it’s more common to have respiratory problems in those who have been exposed to smoke.
“Read moreNew South Wales is the country’s biggest pet-truck driver, but the number of pet transport vehicles is increasing rapidly.
In August, the state recorded 5,766 pet-traded vehicles, up from 1,821 the previous year.
More than 2,100 people had their pets taken away because they were transporting them illegally, the majority of them from Queensland.
Queensland’s pet transport industry has been hit by a wave of closures in recent years, with some pet owners opting to sell their pets in other states.
A total of 10,600 pet-transport vehicles were registered in Queensland in the last financial year, the Queensland Veterinary Society said.
It’s believed there are now at least five licensed pet transport operators operating in New Australia, including the owners of the dogs in this story.”
There is a significant increase in the number and number of people in New New South is going through,” Mr McCormack told the ABC.”
This is a public-health issue, and the health department is doing everything we can to help.
“Public health alert issued nationallyNew South, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania have all issued national public health alerts.
Affected areasThe state is experiencing a significant surge in pet-trafficking, particularly in remote areas.
In the state’s southern suburbs, people have been warned to be extra vigilant when travelling with their pets.
In a video posted to Facebook, Mr McCormacks said the public health department had warned people not to travel to remote areas and to consider the possibility of respiratory illness.”
We’re not saying that this is an ideal situation, but we are saying it’s possible, and we’re going to be working very closely with the public,” he told the Nine Network.”
The only way to protect yourself is to get your pet checked out and get the vet to confirm if you have a health condition.
“In the past week, people in Townsville, the central-east Queensland town that has seen an increase in pet travel, have reported coughing and wheezing.
In Townsville on Monday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said people who were travelling by motorised transport should check with their GP or a vet.”
Our advice to people travelling by car, particularly for longer journeys, is to take extra care, be vigilant and make sure your pets are checked out,” she said.
Mr McCormack says a nationwide pet transport ban was in the best interests of New South residents.”
It’s the only way we can prevent people getting their pets transported illegally,” he added.”
In the case of pet carriers, there is a limit on the number that can be in one vehicle.
We’re working very hard to find the right number of carriers, so people can travel safely.