With Air New Zealand resuming direct flights to Bali for the first time in three years, special measures are being introduced at Auckland Airport to combat any potential threat of foot-and-mouth disease. The first flight from the Indonesian hotspot arrived today and more than 1000 passengers are expected to land every week during the seasonal service. Travelers arriving from the holiday island will have their own dedicated biosecurity lane and baggage carousel, as well as footwear disinfection measures, including footbaths at the arrival gate when they step off the plane. Last year viral fragments of the disease were detected in meat imports to Australia from Indonesia resulting in a ban on travelers bringing in any meat products from Indonesia to New Zealand. An outbreak of FMD in the United Kingdom in 2001 saw 10 million animals culled and cost an estimated £10 billion (NZ$19.7b).
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