History: Up-to-Date on Foot and Mouth Disease

Reprinted from the August 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

History: Up-to-Date on Foot and Mouth Disease

(Taken from the June, 1950, issue “The Agricultural Situation”, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

‘Foot-and-mouth disease has been menacing the livestock industry of the United States from below our southern border for the past 3 years. The plague appeared late in 1946 in an explosive outbreak that spread through central Mexico, covering an area of over 200,000 square miles before it could be checked behind quarantine lines. Within a few months the governments of Mexico and the United States had joined in what has developed into one of the biggest fights against an animal disease ever waged in any country.’

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