foot-and-mouth disease virusmedical dictionary

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<virology> A picornavirus of the genus Rhinovirus causing foot-and-mouth disease of cattle, swine, sheep, goats, and wild ruminants; it has wide distribution throughout Africa and Asia, causing serious economic losses; the virus is spread by contamination of the animal environment with infected saliva and excreta.

Synonyms: FMD virus.

(05 Mar 2000)