Foot and Mouth Disease, Not a Zoonosis

Foot and Mouth Disease, Not a Zoonosis

Dr.Jerry Saliki, Dr. Janemarie Hennebelle and Dr. Corrie Brown

Georgia Cattleman Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a very contagious viral disease of cloven-hooved animals, including cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and deer. Though it shares a similar name with the human disease ”hand-foot-and-mouth-disease,” they are entirely unrelated viral diseases. The cattle disease cannot affect people, and the human disease will not affect your cows. Though this is not a zoonotic disease, it is a very important infectious disease.

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