Foot-and-mouth-disease cow, thermogram

Foot-and-mouth-disease cow, thermogram

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This image is part of the sequence Animal: Foot-and-mouth cow thermograms

Credit: CRAIG PACKER/US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Foot-and-mouth-disease cow. Thermogram (infrared) image of a cow infected with the foot-and-mouth-disease virus. The effects of the disease cause the hooves to be hotter than usual, showing up on the thermogram as a red colour. Foot-and-mouth disease is caused by viruses in the picornavirus group. It is highly contagious, spreading by direct contact with infected animals. Infected farm animals are slaughtered and burnt to remove contamination.

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