Kansas Cattle Test Negative
For Foot-Mouth Disease


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small number of cattle in Kansas tested negative for the potentially devastating foot-and-mouth disease, not seen in the United States since 1929, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday.
"Tests were negative for the foot-and-mouth disease virus," Alisa Harrison, USDA spokeswoman, said in a statement.
Five cattle at a livestock market in Holton, Kansas, were tested for the disease after mouth blisters were discovered on the animals, USDA officials said.
U.S. livestock has been free of foot-and-mouth disease since 1929. Highly contagious to cattle and hogs, the disease causes blisters on the animals' mouths and feet and prompts weight loss and lameness.
Earlier on Wednesday, reports of a possible foot-and-mouth outbreak rattled commodity markets and food company shares, like McDonald's Corp. and Smithfield Foods .

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