Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD)


The United States cattle herd has been free of foot and mouth disease (FMD) since 1929. FMD is a highly contagious virus among cloven-hoofed animals. FMD is not a human food safety concern, nor a threat to public health. FMD is endemic in parts of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and South America. The U.S. Cattle industry continues to work with government officials to ensure the safety of our cattle herds.

Key Points

  • The United States is free of FMD
  • FMD is not a human food safety conern, nor a threat to public health
  • An outbreak of FMD would be a threat to animal health. FMD inhibits the animal's ability to eat and affects the health and overall well being of the animal.
  • FMD is not to be confused with the human disease, Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease which is caused by a separate virus.
  • America's cattlemen and cattlewomen are working hard to protect their farms from FMD. This includes incorporating vigilant animal health precautions, and practicing biosecurity measures on the farm and at international port of entry access points 


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