Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is not considered a risk to human health. However,
humans can carry the virus on their clothing, shoes, body (particularly through
the throat and nasal passages) and on personal items. The disease is extremely
contagious and spreads easily among cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, pigs,
sheep, goats, and deer. Precautionary steps are being taken to minimize the
risk of outbreak of FMD to our livestock in the various locations within the
University. Currently there is no FMD in our livestock populations. Yet, there
is a risk of FMD with the constant movement of people and livestock nationally
and internationally. Consequently, the University will introduce measures to
reduce the risk related to the transmission of FMD within its animal facilities.
Each University employee has the responsibility to undertake steps to minimize
the risk to our animals. This collective effort will assist us in safeguarding
our animal facilities. The following procedure will assist employees, visitors
and managers who work in, or visit, University animal facilities that may be
impacted by the potential of FMD. These precautions are necessary during this
time of alert and will remain in place until the period of concern passes. Effective
immediately, and until further notice, all University personnel will adhere
to the following procedure:
- Any employee (SPA, EPA, temporary, student) who has traveled outside the
U. S. within a 14 day period must not enter any animal housing areas or work
with cattle, swine, goats or sheep located at ANY of the University's facilities.
If an employee does undertake travel to at-risk countries, the 14 day quarantine
will apply. During this period the employee will not be allowed access to
any animal areas. The employee who works with animals has four options during
the quarantine period:
The immediate supervisor will work with any traveling employee who must
choose among these four options. Should the employee desire an alternate work
location, the supervisor, through his/her department head should reassign within
the department if possible, or contact another department head to determine
another work location for the duration of the quarantine. The employee should
be aware that work schedules may be modified to accommodate the temporary work
- take annual leave
- take accrued comp time
- take leave without pay
- or be reassigned to another non-animal related work unit for temporary
duty assignment at the same rate of pay
- Faculty, staff and students are discouraged from visiting at-risk countries.
Any employee considering travel to any at-risk country should discuss the
issue with their immediate supervisor and review options listed in number
- Every visitor to the University who desires to enter areas housing livestock
owned by the University must receive approval from either the station superintendent
or the unit/herd manager at each livestock unit. The visitor must fill out
and sign a short questionnaire (developed by the facility or department) which
is signed by the Facility representative. It is the Facility's responsibility
to ensure the completion of this step. Visitors would include those
personnel having business to conduct at these locations, such as facilities
personnel, researchers, commodity personnel, as well as applicants for positions
at the various impacted locations.
- Foreign visitors will be allowed to tour livestock facilities only if they
have not been in a country that has FMD during the preceding 14 day time period.
Requests for visits by citizens of, or recent visitors to, at-risk countries
are discouraged. As FMD spreads and is contained, the list of "at-risk
countries" may change over time. Therefore, the station superintendent
or the unit/herd manager will review any travel to a country outside of the
United States to determine the need for FMD precautions.
- Employees are to report to their immediate supervisor if any friends or
relatives have traveled to any at-risk countries and make certain that proper
preventative measures are carried out to avoid cross-contamination. The station
superintendent or the unit/herd manager at each livestock unit will have the
responsibility of ensuring/advising of the appropriate preventative measures
as issued by State, local, and/or University officials.
Posting of Warning Signs Posted Signage stating the restricted access
will be posted at each public entrance to areas housing cloven hoofed animals.
The signs will state: IF YOU HAVE TRAVELED OUTSIDE THE U.S IN THE PAST 14 DAYS
, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS FACILITY WITHOUT FIRST REPORTING TO _______________________.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE UNIVERSITY BIOSAFETY OFFICER AT 515-6858.