It's time to end confusion over foot-and-mouth, businessman argues

05/8/2013 | DairyHerd.com

Speaking at the Foot and Mouth Disease Symposium, Hilmar Cheese owner Chuck Ahlem suggested using the name hoof-and-mouth disease instead of foot-and-mouth disease. The move would be an effort to combat the public's perception that FMD, which only affects animals, is the same as hand, foot and mouth disease, which infects humans. Misunderstanding of the terms is prevalent, according to research discussed by veterinarian Gay Miller that found 72% of American consumers think FMD is transmissible to humans, 61% believe they can be infected from meat, and 42% would stop consuming milk if an outbreak of FMD occurred.

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