Tourists outside a store in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia, on Friday, May 6, 2022.

How a dirty flip-flop could cause catastrophe in Australia

Updated 9:34 PM ET, Thu July 7, 2022

Brisbane, Australia (CNN)It's winter in Australia and for the first time in three years thousands of residents are flying to the Indonesian island of Bali to spend the July school holidays basking in the sun.

But Australian officials are becoming increasingly concerned about what they'll bring home and are considering advising travelers to leave their flip-flops -- known as thongs in Australia -- in Bali.
Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is rapidly spreading through cattle in Indonesia, and on Tuesday the first cases were confirmed in Bali, a popular tourist destination with direct flights to seven Australian cities.
"Foot Mouth Disease would be catastrophic if it were to arrive in Australia," said the country's Chief Veterinary Officer Mark Schipp, wh