Public Health

  • 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 a brief overview about foot-and-mouth disease, please read:
FMD Fast Facts | FMD: What Dairy Producers Need to Know

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: