- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A
small number of cattle in Kansas tested negative for the potentially
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
on the animals' mouths and feet and prompts weight loss and
- Earlier on Wednesday, reports of a possible
outbreak rattled commodity markets and food company shares, like McDonald's
Corp. and Smithfield Foods .