Foot-and-mouth disease response plans

If New Zealand ever had an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, it would have a serious impact on our primary industries and economy. Find out about foot-and-mouth disease and preparing for an outbreak.

Find out how New Zealand has prepared for a possible outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.
Learn about the symptoms and why we need to keep it out of New Zealand.

Foot-and-mouth disease is not in NZ

New Zealand has never had an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and is officially recognised as FMD-free.

Because of our isolation and strict border controls, there is a low risk of an outbreak of FMD in New Zealand.

Who to contact

If you think you've seen a case of FMD, call your local vet immediately – they will contact MPI's pest and disease hotline. If a vet isn't available, contact our hotline directly on 0800 80 99 66.

If you have questions about FMD, email

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