The Public Health Significance of Foot-and-Mouth Disease: – Biological Times

The Public Health Significance of Foot-and-Mouth Disease:

Publication Date : 08-07-2024

Author(s) :

Muhammad usama , Shaista Jalbani .

Volume/Issue :
Volume 3
Issue 6
(07 - 2024)

Abstract :

Abstract: Foot and mouth Disease (FMD) is a highly contagious viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, pigs, sheep, and goats. FMD has significant public health significance as it can affect animal and human health, cause economic losses, and affect food security. Firstly, FMD can have a significant impact on animal health and productivity. Infected animals often experience fever, blisters like sores on the mouth and feet, and lameness, resulting in reduced milk production, weight loss, and decrease meat quality. FMD can also lead to high mortality rates in young animals, particularly those that are unvaccinated. Secondly, FMD can have a significant economic impact on the livestock industry. Infected animals cannot be sold or moved, leading to trade restrictions, decreased market access, and low sale prices. Keywords: Foot and Mouth Disease, Contagious, Public Health, Viral, FMDV, FMD.

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