The Edmond Sun

April 19, 2013

Langston University sponsors informational meeting about foot and mouth disease


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A meeting to educate farmers, ranchers and others about foot and mouth disease will be presented by the Outreach/Small Farms Programs Center at Langston University at 10 a.m. Monday in Room 331 of the E.L. Holloway Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Center, located on the campus in Langston.

Foot and mouth disease is a highly contagious viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed domestic and wild animals, such as cattle, swine, sheep, goats and deer in foreign countries. Although there are no known cases in the United States at this time, participants will learn how to identify the disease and some preventive measures that can be taken in the event of an outbreak. There also will be a discussion on the effects an outbreak in this country would have on the agricultural economy.

Marvin Burns, dean and research director in the LU School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, said a single case of the disease could jeopardize the entire export industry.

“Understanding foreign animal diseases, including foot and mouth disease, is extremely crucial, especially in the times in which we live, because one can potentially spread the disease within a day from an area where it is endemic to the United States,” Burns said. “This (meeting) is simply an exercise intended for educational information only and is a first step in preparing producers and responders in the event it is ever detected in Oklahoma.”

For more information about the meeting,  contact D. Chongo Mundende, coordinator of the Outreach/Small Farms Programs Center, at 466-6166; or email him at dcmudende@langston.edu.