Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture is asking travel agents in the state to talk with customers traveling abroad about “Foot and Mouth” disease. Patty Judge says the travel season is picking up, as is the chance for the disease to be carried back to Iowa. Humans cannot get the disease, but do carry it. Judge says there are some standard precautions you should take, avoid farms or animals five days prior to traveling back to the U-S. You should also launder your clothes and clean dirt off shoes and other items. Judge says you’re required to notify customs officials that you’ve been on a farm.Judge says you should bring it to their attention if they don’t ask you if you’ve been on a farm. There were stories of people going through customs without ever being checked, but Judge says things have since improved.”Foot and Mouth” disease has been found in 34 countries, but not in the U-S.
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