Cattle with foot-and-mouth disease

Early signs of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in cattle are fever, lameness, shivering, long strings
of sticky saliva, sudden drop in milk production and blisters.

As the disease develops, infected cattle may:

  • stop eating
  • develop mastitis
  • have quivering lips
  • produce frothy saliva that drips to the ground at intervals
  • be sitting down away from the grazing herd.

At first suspicion of sickness or a disease that concerns you, contact your local vet or notify Agriculture Victoria on the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline 1800 675 888.

More information

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Page last updated: 24 Nov 2022