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FMD symptoms in sheep subtle enough to go undiagnosed, potentially amplifying the spread of the disease | Queensland Country Life

SILENT SPREADER: A man sprays disinfectant over dead sheep in the United Kingdom in 2001, where a breakout led to the army destroying thousands of sheep. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell

The potentially industry debilitating foot and mouth disease could be amplified by the silent spreaders of sheep and goats as they are likely to go undiagnosed before and outbreak is realised.

And recent speculation has surfaced that if an incursion was to occur on the northern Queensland coast, it would spread to the southern states within three weeks.

Group leader at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness…

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