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Foot and mouth disease (Farmer Factsheet)

Contributor(s): Polly Gratwick , John Tulloch

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  • Foot and Mouth (FMD) is a highly contagious viral disease which can affect all cloven hooved animals.
  • FMD is endemic in several parts of Asia, most of Africa and the Middle East. It remains endemic in some Latin America countries.  
  • In the UK it is a notifiable disease and occurs rarely. The most significant recent outbreak was in 2001, but a smaller outbreak also occurred in 2007.

Signs of FMD

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How does it spread?

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Why does it spread so easily?

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Control of an outbreak

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FMD is treatable, so why must cattle be culled?

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Prevention of Spread

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I’m a UK Farmer, what do I do if I suspect FMD?

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Further information on FMD worldwide is available

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