Most Americans have read about the out-break of foot-and-mouth disease in the United King-dom, but most probably feel the disease has nothing to do with them.

For anyone traveling overseas that will not be the case. Increased global travel has made the chances of bringing FMD and other diseases into the United States greater.

There are some basic guidelines for American travelers.

First follow established USDA regulations that prohibit travelers from bringing meats, meat products, cheeses, plants and various other potentially hazardous products into the United States. Airlines provide complete information on these restrictions to passengers.

Second, if you travel to the United Kingdom, avoid all rural areas. If you must visit the countryside, take an inexpensive pair of comfortable shoes with you that you can leave behind before you fly home. The FMD virus can survive in dry material for 14 days in the summer, meaning you could inadvertently track home the disease.

Also, limit the clothes you wear on or near farms to one or two outfits that you can launder before your return flight or leave them behind. Most importantly, avoid contact with susceptible animals, such as cattle, pigs, sheep and goats, for at least seven days before returning home.