- Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is not a public health concern and does not affect food safety.
- FMD is a highly contagious viral disease of cattle and other cloven (divided) hooved animals such as pigs, sheep, and goats.
- Movement restrictions are designed to contain the disease and minimize virus spread to animals.
- FMD should not be confused with ‘hand, foot, and mouth disease’ which is caused by a completely different virus and only affects humans.
For more details about foot-and-mouth disease, visit the resources under Foot-and-Mouth Disease on this website.
For more information about Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease in people, please visit the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/index.html