Preventing Foot and Mouth Disease

Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), sometimes referred to as hoof-and-mouth disease, is a viral disease that can spread among cattle and other cloven-hoofed animals.

Importantly, Foot and Mouth Disease is not a threat to public health. It does not affect food safety in any way. While the two are sometimes confused, it is completely unrelated to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as “mad cow disease.”

Foot and Mouth Disease is a threat to the health of cattle and other cloven-hoofed aniamls, and to the business of farmers and ranchers. When a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak occurs anywhere in the world, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials use aggressive methods to keep the disease out of our country.

To learn detailed information on Foot and Mouth Disease, how it affects animals and what is done to prevent infection of animals in the United States, please visit

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