Foot and Mouth Disease

Impacts

Cattle, Pigs, Sheep, Goats, Deer, and other Cloven-Hooved Ruminants

Overview / Symptoms

  • Foot and Mouth Disease is caused by the virus Aphthovirus, which is highly contagious and fast-spreading
  • This is different from Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease caused by Enterovirus, which humans contract from other humans. Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease cannot be transmitted to or from non-human animals
  • Animal symptoms include: fever and blisters in and around the mouth, on the mammary glands, and around the hooves
  • Death in young animals sometimes occurs
  • Human cases of Foot and Mouth Disease have been reported, but are rare