Hoof and mouth is not uncommon in the world, someparts would need decades to eradicate it if it was possible at all. China, Africa, some S American countries and most notably the middle east. With so many American troops coming and going I wonder if they might not track it back on their boots or equipment or end up being carriers through contractign the illness themselves. Anyone know if the military takes any precautions acid washing the stuff and doing medical checks? I think if I had relatives returning home from high risk areas I'd soak their clothes in a vinegar (or Virkon) wash and keep them away from the critters for a couple of weeks.