British medical records indicate that one man contracted Foot-and-mouth disease, previously thought to only affect livestock.
During an isolated outbreak of Foot-and-mouth in 1966, Bobby Brewis, aged 35, was diagnosed with the disease and quarantined. The British Medical Journal published an article about the case at the time, saying, ?The patient described his lesions as uncomfortable and tingling, while the tongue was hot, tingling and sore.? Brewis died 6 years ago, but Foot-and-mouth had no long-term effects on his health.
Scientists say that the virus can be transmitted to humans if they come into direct and prolonged contact with infected animals. Why Brewis would have been in extended physical contact with infected animals is not known.
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