Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Diagnosis
Information about how the disease is diagnosed.
Because the various vesicular diseases have similar clinical signs, a laboratory diagnosis is mandatory. Oral, nasal, foot, or mammary lesions are good sources of specimens.
Anyone noting any signs of a vesicular condition - excessive salivation, lameness, loss of weight, drop in milk production, and blisters - should immediately report these signs to their veterinarian or Sate animal health officials. Early detection is vital in preventing a spread of the disease.