Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association
Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association

Pest/disease in the spotlight

Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD)                              

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 spreads easily between animals, causing illness, reduced production, death in young animals, closed export markets 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. Infected animals can also show symptoms of weight loss, fever, drooling and increased lamb, calf or piglet deaths

How does it spread: FMD can be spread by the movement of infected animals, contaminated feed, equipment, vehicles and machinery and on hair, clothing and footwear

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

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