Foot and mouth disease is an illness that is caused by a highly contagious intestinal virus in animals such as sheep and cows.
People may become infected through close contact with infected animals, but the illness is not as contagious among humans as it is among animals. Contrary to popular belief, the disease cannot spread through the consumption of affected meat as the virus is extremely sensitive to stomach acid. Those most at risk of contracting foot and mouth disease are those who work in close proximity with animals, such as farmers and vets.
What are the symptoms of foot and mouth disease?
Foot and mouth disease will manifest itself as a rash around the mouth and feet. It is usually accompanied by cold-like symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose and fever.
Treatment for foot and mouth disease
There is no known cure for foot and mouth disease and it is known as a ‘self-containing’ illness, that is the symptoms will normally disappear on their own once contact with infected animals has ceased. Thankfully foot and mouth disease is not a severe health threat for adults but can be extremely dangerous for children, the elderly and those with a weak immune system. As with many illnesses, prevention is better than cure. This is why during an outbreak of foot and mouth, affected livestock are incinerated and it is commonplace to see disinfectant stations in many public buildings.
Can you claim compensation for foot and mouth disease at work?
If you’ve contracted foot and mouth disease and someone else was to blame, e.g. you work on a farm and your employer was negligent in avoiding exposure to infected animals, or your employer has not provided a disinfectant station, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
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Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown