Foot and Mouth Disease


Texas Officials Urge Awareness of Global Foot-and-Mouth Disease Threat

February 03, 2011

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) reminds animal producers, marketers, and veterinarians that maintaining a foot-and-mouth disease-free United States requires constant awareness and vigilance. Anyone involved with livestock needs to ... Read More


UK Bill to Revise Animal Health Oversight

January 27, 2010

Legislators in the United Kingdom have proposed major changes in animal health, including a new governmental body. The bill was introduced by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn.

Other measures in the draft Animal Health Bill, which&nb... Read More


Location of New Foot-and-Mouth Disease Lab Debated

June 02, 2008

One of the nation's oldest farm groups said Thursday a proposed foot-and-mouth disease research laboratory on the U.S. mainland, near livestock, could be an inviting target for terrorists. Commercial livestock representatives and the Bush... Read More


New British FMD Case from Same Strain as August Outbreak

September 13, 2007

Preliminary tests indicated Thursday the latest foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak southwest of London is the same strain that caused last month's outbreak, an official said.

The British government had not announced the results of tests... Read More


New Foot and Mouth Disease Case Suspected in Britain

September 12, 2007

A suspected case of foot and mouth disease was found in Britain today, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said on its Web site.

The suspected... Read More


New U.K. Foot and Mouth Disease Case Confirmed; Movement Restrictions Enacted

September 12, 2007

Just when British veterinary authorities were beginning to breathe a little easier, a new case of foot and mouth disease (FMD) has surfaced in Surrey, about 30 miles from the two farms affected during the August outbreak. The Department of... Read More


Report: Damaged Pipe at Lab Caused FMD Outbreak in Britain

September 06, 2007

Investigators have determined a pipe at a research laboratory facility in southern England caused last month's outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), the British Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday.

Britain's Health and Safety Executiv... Read More


Britain's Foot and Mouth Disease Crisis Easing, EU Says

August 21, 2007

The foot and mouth disease crisis in Britain is easing, the European Union (EU) said Tuesday, adding that its veterinary experts will evaluate measures taken to contain the outbreak of the disease later this week.

The EU banned British... Read More


Cattle in Second Surrey Area Not Positive for FMD

August 13, 2007

Livestock on an English farm that were tested after showing signs of possible Foot and Mouth Disease do not have it, Britain's chief veterinarian said Saturday. The result strengthens indications that the highly contagious livestock ailment has... Read More


Foot and Mouth Disease: Restrictions on U.K. Horse Trainers Relaxed

August 13, 2007

The movement of horses to and from the United Kingdom hasn't been affected by the recent small outbreak of foot and mouth disease at two farms in Surrey in southern England. Providing the correct certification has been completed, overseas-traine... Read More


U.K. Authorities Testing More Cattle for FMD

August 10, 2007

British authorities were testing for a new outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) Friday, after cattle in a herd grazing several miles away from an initial cluster of cases were suspected of falling ill, raising fears that the virus is... Read More


Vaccine Lab Implicated as Source of FMD Outbreak

August 09, 2007

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is so highly contagious--and such a threat to farm economies--that the United States won't allow researchers to work with the virus on the mainland. But in Britain, a lab making Foot and Mouth vaccines was located... Read More


Some U.K. Bridleways Closed Due to Foot and Mouth Disease

August 08, 2007

Footpaths and bridleways in the area surrounding a farm where cattle infected with foot and mouth disease were located will be closed, the British Horse Society (BHS) announced earlier today.

In the past week, veterinary authorities... Read More


Foot and Mouth Disease Confirmed on Second U.K. Site, International Movement of Racehorses Affected

August 07, 2007

The U.K.'s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) announced today that foot and mouth disease (FMD) has been confirmed on another cattle farm near Surrey. The slaughter of these cattle began yesterday, based on... Read More


Foot and Mouth Disease Detected in U.K.; Some Horse Movement Restricted

August 06, 2007

Foot and mouth disease (FMD), a highly contagious viral disease of cloven-hooved ruminants, including cattle and swine, has been detected on a farm in Surrey, England. While horses cannot be infected by FMD, they can carry the virus on their... Read More


Foot and Mouth Disease Confirmed in China

July 01, 2005

Confirmed in China

On May 26, China's Ministry of Agriculture confirmed outbreaks of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Beijing, Xinjiang, and Hebei.

While horses cannot be infected by FMD, they can carry the virus on their... Read More


New Zealand FMD Update

May 17, 2005

A second letter has been received, via media, stating that the original letter sent last week claiming release of "a vial of FMD virus on an off-shore island" was a hoax and that no FMD virus was released in New Zealand. A police assessment... Read More


Foot and Mouth Disease Threatens New Zealand

May 12, 2005

New Zealand government officials are looking into a recent threat that foot and mouth disease (FMD) was released on nearby Waiheke Island (about 11 miles west of Auckland, New Zealand) May 9.

The government received a letter the afternoo... Read More


Ky. State Veterinarian Bans Texas Animals After VS Finding

May 21, 2004

State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, has banned all livestock and wild or exotic animals from Texas from entering Kentucky due to reports of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in horses in west Texas.

The order also prohibits the entry into... Read More


Tennessee to Test Horse Show Bioterrorism Preparation

March 30, 2004

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will test local, state and federal responses to a simulated act of bioterrorism at a major horse show today, according to a story on Read More


Legislation Introduced for Expediting Horse ID Plan Use

March 01, 2004

Four bills that would accelerate implementation of a national animal identification system have been introduced in Congress--two in the Senate and two in the House of Representatives. Horses are not specifically mentioned in any of these bills,... Read More


Animal Identification Plan Largely Misunderstood

February 26, 2004

Comments collected on the draft U.S. Animal Identification Plan (USAIP) have been largely characterized by misunderstanding and frustration, according to one government official. The plan, which at this time is not an official program of the... Read More


U.K. Foot and Mouth Disease Epidemic Officially Over

April 01, 2002

The United Kingdom has regained its status as a foot and mouth disease (FMD)-free country at an international meeting of veterinarians in Paris, France, in January. The official statement was made Jan. 22 by the U.K.'s Department of Environment,... Read More


Disease Hampers Britain's Horse Movement

November 02, 2001

Representatives from 27 British equine organizations met in London on March 1 to discuss the potential for spread of foot and mouth disease (FMD), which affects only cloven-hooved animals. The disease was discovered in pigs at a slaughterhouse i... Read More


European Disease Affects Slaughter Industry

November 01, 2001

Concerns over mad cow disease and the resurgence of foot and mouth disease in Europe has had a devastating effect on the European beef cattle industry, and has brought about an increased demand for horse meat. Mad cow disease has created fears... Read More