Can people contract the disease?

Advice from the Department of Health is that it is very rare. There has only been one recorded case of FMD in a human being in Great Britain in 1966. The general effects of the disease in that case were similar to influenza with some blisters. It is a mild short lived, self-limiting disease. The Food Standards Agency has advised that the disease has no implications for the human food chain.

There is however a human condition called Hand, Foot and Mouth disease, which is unrelated. It will not affect animals. If you are concerned you should contact your GP.

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