Foot-and-mouth disease

Foot-and-mouth disease

(Science: disease) a highly infectious disease of wide distribution and great economic importance, occurring in cattle, swine, sheep, goats and all wild and domestic cloven-footed animals caused by a picornavirus (genus Rhinovirus) and characterised by vesicular eruptions in the mouth, tongue, hoofs, and udder; humans are rarely affected.

Synonym: aftosa.


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