FMD cannot be differentiated from other vesicular diseases on clinical grounds alone. This document summarises information on the collection of samples from all ruminant species and pigs.
Laboratory testing is used to confirm or exclude a clinical suspicion of FMD. It also provides information on the serotype and strain of FMD virus, which assists in the selection of an optimal vaccine and may assist in epidemiological investigations. Laboratory testing is also used to exclude other exotic vesicular diseases and may help to identify an alternative diagnosis.
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