Why does foot and mouth disease cause such concern?

Why does foot and mouth disease cause such concern?

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The foot and mouth disease (FMD) virus is one of the most infectious animal disease viruses known. It causes blisters on the mouth, teats, and soft tissues of the feet of cloven-hoofed (split-hoofed) animals such as cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats as well as some species of wildlife. Infected animals have difficulty eating and walking and lose weight rapidly. They suffer production loss from which they rarely recover.

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