December 28, 2004
Cattle Tested For Foot And Mouth Disease In Brazil
In Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, a cattle herd is currently being checked for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). According to Brazilian officials, the tests are precautionary, and none of the animals is expected to show up with positive results for the devastating cattle disease.
Over fifty head of cattle on one farm have already been tested. However nearly thirty of those animals tested as presumptive positive. Veterinary officials state they do not think these results are accurate, citing that the entire herd has recently been vaccinated for FMD.
Further test results on all of the animals are expected within the next 20 days.
Brazil has faced a recurrent problem with FMD outbreaks in the last several years. Both Russia and Australia have banned the importation of Brazilian cattle because of the concerns. The South American nation remains the world's leaders in beef exports.