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Clinical signs of foot-and-mouth disease in sheep and goats

A range of clinical signs may indicate the presence of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in sheep and goats.

Tongue lesions are one possible sign of FMD in sheep

Sheep with FMD tongue lesions. © UK DEFRA.

Typical clinical signs of FMD in sheep and goats include:

  • pyrexia
  • lameness and oral lesions, which are often mild
  • foot lesions along the coronary band or interdigital spaces, and lesions on the dental pad, but these may go unrecognised
  • agalactia in milking sheep and goats
  • death of young stock without clinical signs.

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