The University of California-Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, is conducting an online survey of livestock operations aimed at understanding how foot-and-mouth disease might spread in the United States should there be an outbreak.

Officials say that the survey takes at most 10 minutes to complete and all identities remain completely anonymous. All survey responses will be used for research purposes only. Producers' participation will help researchers determine strategies to prevent and control an FMD outbreak in various animal populations should the disease find its way into the U.S. herd. The information also will be used to minimize the impact of an outbreak on livestock industries. 

You can direct questions or comments about the survey to Pelayo Alvarez, DVM, with the the Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance, School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of California-Davis by e-mail at pealvarez@ucdavis.edu or by phone at (530) 554-2988.

To take the survey, please go to http://www.fmdsurvey.com

Source: University of California-Davis