Foot-and-mouth disease

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Tongue lesions commence as blanched foci which develop into vesicles containing

Tongue lesions commence as blanched foci
which develop into vesicles containing serous fluid

Term: 2013
Published: March 26, 2013
Revised: March 27, 2013

No non-zoonotic disease (i.e. diseases that do not affect the health of people) causes as much disruption to animal production and international trade in commodities and products derived from animals as FMD. This situation results from historical approaches and policies that have evolved over many decades. Consequently countries in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the developing world have difficulty in exporting animals and animal products to high-value markets. Paradoxically, especially in extensive livestock production systems, FMD usually causes relatively mild disease in the wide range of domestic and free-living cloven-hoofed animals that are susceptible to it.

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Dr Gavin Thomson

Dr Gavin Thomson

  • BVSc (Pretoria), MSc (Birmingham, UK – immunology), PhD (London – virology)
  • Extraordinary professor, Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Director: TAD Scientific c.c.
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