Summer outdoor adventures risk disease spread, expert says

A Radio NZ article.

Covid-19 has made people more aware of the need for biosecurity – a plus this summer with New Zealanders expected to venture into the outdoors in greater numbers than ever before.

Tame Malcolm, an environmental management expert based at Te Tira Whakamātaki – Māori Biosecurity, told Morning Report the pandemic had made people more conscious of how important biosecurity measures were to stop the spread of disease.

He hoped they would remember this over summer as while heading to the whenua, raising risk of diseases and pests being spread between regions.

Malcolm advised walkers and trampers to spray their boots to avoid taking foreign biological materials into new places.

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