FMD tests on Kansas cows: negative

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Topeka, Kansas - Samples from eight Kansas cows suspected of having foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) were negative for the virus, officials report.

Topeka, Kansas - Samples from eight Kansas cows suspected of having foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) were negative for the virus, officials report.

According to Kansas Animal Health Commissioner George Teagarden, lesions observed by veterinarians were caused by beards in hay being fed, not FMD.

While the samples were tested at the USDA Foreign Animal Disease Laboratory in Plum Island, New York, the suspect cattle were quarantined as a precaution. A Kansas Animal Health Department (KAHD) lead veterinarian inspected the premise from which the cows originated and found horses with similar oral blisters. The fact that horses cannot contract FMD served as strong evidence the problem was connected to the feed.

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