Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is an acute, highly contagious viral disease of animals that affects cloven-hoofed animals (those with divided hoofs), including cattle, buffalo, camels, sheep, goats, deer and pigs.
It does not usually cause deaths in adult animal but does cause serious production losses.
It is characterised by the formation of vesicles (fluid filled blisters) and ulcers in the mouth.
Vesicles may also be found on the skin between and above the hoofs and also the nostrils and on the teats.
Australia is free from FMD.
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