The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit would like parents to keep children away from rabies.

Officials say young children are at a high-risk to the disease due to their natural curiosity about animals. They say that children should always ask when petting a dog or cat, never touch or play with wild animals including rabbits, chipmunks or squirrels. And lastly, children should be telling an adult right away if they have been touched, scratched or bitten by an animal.

The health unit says there have been very low levels of the disease detected recently in the area.