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Study Reveals Pigs Can Transmit FMD Prior to Signs of Sickness

Submitted by lsekela on March 6, 2019 - 09:36 AM

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) virus spreads much more aggressively in pigs than previous research suggests, according to a new study by US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. The study shows that pigs infected with the FMD virus were highly contagious to other pigs just 24 hours after infection—long before showing any clinical signs of infection.

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