Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious viral disease which affects cattle sheep, pigs, goats and other domestic and wild cloven-hoofed animals. The clinical signs are a fever, followed by the development of blisters, mainly in the mouth and on the feet. It is very infectious and will spread rapidly if not quickly controlled.
This leaflet provides information on the disease; how to spot FMD and how it is spread.
Other leaflets in this series explain what you can do to reduce the risk of disease spreading (Fact Sheet 2) and what will happen if disease is confirmed in animals on or near your farm (Fact Sheet 3).