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Procedures for preventing the transmission of foot-and-mouth disease virus to pigs and sheep by personnel in contact with infected pigs
  1. S. F. Amass, DVM, PhD, DiplABVPAmass DVM, PhD, DiplABVPAmass DVM, PhD, DiplABVPAmass DVM, PhD, DiplABVPAmass DVM, PhD, DiplABVPAmass DVM, PhD, DiplABVPAmass DVM, PhD, DiplABVPAmass DVM, PhD, DiplABVPAmass DVM, PhD, DiplABVP1,
  2. J. M. Pacheco, DVM2,
  3. P. W. Mason, PhD2,
  4. J. L. Schneider, RVT1,
  5. R. M. Alvarez, DVM, MS3,
  6. L. K. Clark, DVM, PhD1 and
  7. D. Ragland, DVM, PhD1
  1. 1 Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, 1248 Lynn Hall, West Lafayette, Indiana, 47907-1248, USA
  2. 2 Plum Island Animal Disease Center, NAA, ARS, USDA, PO Box 848, Greenport, NY 11944, USA
  3. 3 Pharmacia Animal Health, 9613-190-2, 7000 Portage Road, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49001, USA
  1. University of Texas Medical Branch, Department of Pathology and Sealy Center for Vaccine Development, 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77555- 0436, USA


The most effective method of containing an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is by the culling of livestock. However, qualified people must diagnose the disease before the culling can begin, and they must avoid susceptible animals after having been in contact with infected premises, to prevent them from transmitting the virus. To test the effectiveness of biosecurity procedures in preventing the transmission of FMD virus (O/UK/35/2001) investigators contacted and sampled pigs inoculated with FMD virus for approximately 45 minutes and then contacted and sampled sentinel pigs and sheep after either using no biosecurity procedures, or washing their hands and donning clean outerwear, or showering and donning clean outerwear. The virus was detected in the nasal secretions of one investigator immediately after the postmortem investigation of the inoculated pigs but was not detected in samples collected between approximately 12 and 84 hours later. After the contaminated personnel had showered and changed into clean outerwear they did not transmit the strain of FMD virus to susceptible pigs and sheep.

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