|Welcome to FootAndMouthDiseaseInfo.org
Your Source for Information About Foot-and-Mouth Disease
The United States has been free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) since 1929. The U.S. government and the nation's livestock producers have extensive prevention, surveillance and response measures in place to prevent the re-introduction and spread of the disease.
FMD is one of the most economically damaging animal diseases in the world and currently exists in more than 100 countries. This website is designed to help consumers, livestock producers and others learn more about FMD, including what it is, who it affects and how to protect the United State’s FMD-free status.
FMD is not a public health concern and does not affect food safety.
However, it is highly contagious among animals with cloven (divided) hooves, such as cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and deer. Controlling FMD, or eradicating it if an outbreak did occur, requires cooperation among those in agriculture, tourism and commerce as well as coordination among private industry groups and the government.
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