Foot and
February 27, 2001 8:57 AM   Subscribe

Foot and mouth disease in cattle is not the same as Hand, foot and mouth disease in humans. This, I found out only today.
posted by ajbattrick (4 comments total)
It is, however, the same as hoof and mouth disease, which I believe used to be the more common term in the US (q.v. Hud).
posted by dhartung at 9:40 AM on February 27, 2001

It's also scaring the living bejesus out of those of who live in rural Britain.

I keep hearing how foot and mouth poses no risk to human health. Farm suicides were already at record levels, before this happened. Sounds pretty fucking risky to me.
posted by ceiriog at 11:17 AM on February 27, 2001

...those of us who live...

posted by ceiriog at 11:19 AM on February 27, 2001

When my kids were little, they got HFD, and it was hard to just sit there and let the pediatrician tell us it was benign. It didn't *look* benign. But I guess it was. It makes me wonder how many mystery ailments I got when I was a kid that everyone just shrugged off. Now that we know there's such a thing as "coxsackievirus," it seems like we should be able to do something--but it's met with the same old shrug.
posted by rodii at 6:07 PM on February 27, 2001

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