Fire ants could cost 'half a COVID' every year

By Tracey Ferrier
Updated March 5 2024 - 3:05pm, first published 2:59pm
Southeast Queensland has had fire ants since 2001 but they've recently been found in northern NSW. (Dept. Of Primary Industries/AAP PHOTOS)
Southeast Queensland has had fire ants since 2001 but they've recently been found in northern NSW. (Dept. Of Primary Industries/AAP PHOTOS)

Australia could lose 2.8 per cent of its GDP to fire ants - the equivalent of "half a COVID" each and every year, biosecurity analysts have warned.

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