USDA scientists discover how FMD virus begins infection in cattle

U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists have identified the primary site where the virus that causes foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) begins infection in cattle. This discovery could lead to development of new vaccines to control and potentially eradicate FMD, a highly contagious and sometimes fatal viral disease of cloven-hoofed animals that is considered the most economically devastating livestock disease in the world. Read more…

FMD outbreak reported in Russia

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Russia, near the Chinese border. To date, the disease has affected cattle, swine, sheep and goats. Russian veterinary authorities sent an immediate notification to the OIE on Monday. more