Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association
Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association

Foot and Mouth Disease


What: Virus

Where: Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America

What does it affect: Cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, alpacas and deer

What does it do: Highly contagious virus that causes illness, reduced production, death in young animals and significant economic losses

What to look for: Fluid filled blisters in and around mouth, feet and teats. Blisters burst leaving raw, painful ulcers that can leave animals unable to walk. Weight loss, fever, drooling and increased lamb, calf or piglet deaths

Who to call: If you suspect FMD, immediately call the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline: 1800 675 888

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