Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a severe and highly contagious viral disease. The FMD virus affects cows, pigs, sheep, goats, deer, and other animals with divided, or split, hooves. Animals with FMD typically develop a fever and blisters on the tongue and lips, in and around the mouth, on the mammary glands, and around the hooves. Other signs of illness include depression, anorexia, excessive salivation, lameness, and reluctance to move or stand. Most affected adult animals will not die from FMD, but the disease leaves them weakened, resulting in reduced meat/milk production. Younger animals may not survive