CAUTION SHOULD BE USED WHEN TRAVELING TO COUNTRIES WITH FMD
"MONTGOMERY, Ala.," Americans traveling to or returning from nations infected or believed to be infected with foot-and-mouth disease are urged to take precautions to prevent the spread of the disease into the United States.
Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bishop issued the following advice for those traveling to countries infected with the disease:
• Trips to farms or zoos should be scheduled in the early part of your travel or at least five days before you return to this country.
• Keep a set of clothing and a pair of shoes just to wear back home. Don't wear these clothes or shoes during the rest of your trip, especially if you visit farms or travel in the countryside.
• Do not bring food, or any plant or animal material home with you. If you do, you must report it on the U.S. Customs Declaration Form.
• Volunteer information when you pass through customs as you re-enter the U.S. Let customs personnel know that you have been to a nation infected with foot-and-mouth disease, particularly if you have been on any farms in your travels. Shoes, luggage, even items in your luggage, can be disinfected with bleach water.
• Do not go into a farm or a zoo for two weeks after you return home.
• When you return home, wash or dry-clean all of the clothing you took with you, even if you did not wear them. Use hot water and detergent that contains chlorine bleach. (Chlorine brands are available that will not fade clothes.)
• Shoes, luggage and personal items such as watches, cameras, laptop computers, and cellular phones should be disinfected as well.
For more information, contact the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries at 334-240-7100.