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Foot-and-Mouth Disease Research Reveals New Insights

Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a highly infectious disease that affects cloven-hooved domesticated animals such as pigs and cows. Symptoms include lesions in the mouth and on the hooves, weight loss, and ill health. The disease can have devastating financial effects on farmers.

University of Connecticut (UConn) scientist Steven Szczepanek, in collaboration with researchers from Plum Island Animal Disease Center, worked on a universal vaccine that may cover various types of the virus. Funding was provided by NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

Read more about UConn research.

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