Foot-and-mouth disease - An African perspective

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Foot-and-mouth disease

Term: 2013
Published: December 6, 2013
Revised: February 14, 2014

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious and usually acute affliction of cloven-hoofed animals and camelids caused by a virus of the family Picornaviridae.  The susceptibility of different species to infection and their ability to transmit it are, however, highly variable.  In cloven-hoofed livestock the disease is usually characterized by high morbidity, low mortality and the develoment of vesicles and erosions in the mucosa of the mouth and skin of the interdigital spaces and coronary bands.  This video provides information on the aetiology, epidemiology, clinical signs, pathogenesis, pathology, diagnosis, differential diagnosis and control of foot-and-mouth disease particularly as it pertains to the African situation.

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This Work, Foot-and-mouth disease - An African perspective, by The Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.