causes blisters on the hooves and in the mouths of cattle, leading to loss of appetite and death.
The highest risk products for carrying the hoof-and-mouth disease
virus are meat, milk and dairy products as well as straw and hay, Creagh said.
Some communities have found ways around the deficiency of their rights, such as fencing their lands to stop the spread of hoof-and-mouth disease
- a tactic that also effectively stops the invasion of squatters.
According to government records, the outbreak of the hoof-and-mouth disease
in Miyazaki is the first in Japan since 1908, when it was reported in the Kansai and Chugoku regions.
Late last week Japan eased controls imposed after a March 25 outbreak of hoof-and-mouth disease
among cattle in Miyazaki Prefecture on the southwestern Japanese main island of Kyushu.
Local government officials said Thursday suspected hoof-and-mouth disease
has been found among 705 head of cattle on a farm in the town of Hombetsu in Hokkaido, northern Japan, in the fourth such discovery in the country since late March.
The Japanese government on Monday banned the imports of such livestock as cattle and pigs as well as their meats from South Korea following the recent confirmation of an outbreak of hoof-and-mouth disease