Foot and mouth disease

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious viral disease that affects pigs, cattle, sheep, goats and deer. FMD does not affect humans, horses, or companion animals such as dogs and cats.

It is spread rapidly by contact with infected animals, transmission on clothing and vehicles, and through the air.

Swill feeding is the traditional name for the feeding of food scraps and other waste material to pigs. This practice has caused foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks overseas.

Foot and mouth disease is NOT present in Australia.